Keeping your gutters well-maintained and in good repair can prevent bigger problems! Here's a guide on gutter repair and maintenance.
We've already taught you how to clean your gutters properly and explained why keeping them clean is important to the overall health of your roof and home. Unfortunately, sometimes it's more than a clump of leaves preventing your gutter from working properly. This guide to gutter repair will help you make some minor repairs and check for bigger issues that may require a gutter repair professional.
If there's still standing water after your gutter has been flushed, the gutter may be sloped incorrectly. If this is the case, it will require adjustment. The length of the gutter system should decline at least 1/4 inch every 10 feet to the downspout. This gutter repair is actually quite simple. If your gutter doesn't slope enough, detach the hangers and adjust the gutter to drain properly, and then reattach the hangers. It will probably be easier to work on smaller sections at a time, so the entire gutter system doesn't fall down.
Inspect the gutter sections and downspouts for obvious damage and missing parts. There should be support hangers every two feet along the gutter. To replace or add hangers:
- Install screw and ferrule hangers by marking their position by marking their position on the gutter, drilling holes in the gutter lip and fascia, and then driving the screw through the ferrule with a drill.
- Install screw-in or hidden hangers following the manufacturers directions. Most are attached through the rear of the gutter and into the fascia board, then clipped to the inside-front of the gutter.
- If no fascia board is present, use roof hangers with straps, following the package instructions. Typical installation involves attaching a hanger across the gutter channel, clipping a strap to the hanger, and then attaching the hanger under the shingles.
Repair any leaks. You can identify any leaks in the gutter by filling it with water.
- To repair leaks at the seams, make sure each section of gutter is tight against its neighbors. Run a bead of gutter sealant on both sides of all the seams.
- To repair leaks at the end caps, add sealant along the inside of the joint.
- To repair holes in the gutter material, get a product designed to repair aluminum or fiberglass gutters.
All that's left is to touch up the paint. Congrats, you survived your gutter repair! If you did encounter a problem that is more serious, please contact a professional to help you rather than trying to do it yourself.