People often think there is no art involved in gutter repair but those people have obviously never actually did any. Many of us do not appreciate the stellar job that this defense mechanism carries out on a daily basis, protecting your home from everything that mother-nature has to throw at it. You may think that your gutters are a permanent ever-lasting feature of your home but this could not be further from the truth. Throughout the year they are constantly bombarded with wind, rain and snow, not to mention all the debris that is flying around in the atmosphere. Overtime this takes its toll on them and sooner or later you will have to undertake some sort of repair work. In this publication I will discuss various aspects of this work, so you will have the confidence to tackle the job yourself.
The trick to maintaining this house-saving mechanism is to nip problems in the bud before they snowball into much bigger problems. In regards to most repairs, early detection is half the battle, with smaller issues being exponentially easier to repair than larger problems. A malfunctioning gutter can be truly hazardous to the well-being of your home, so the last thing you will want to do is ignore leaks or overflows. Water damage can rot the entire structure of your home, from the ceiling joists to the concrete foundations which support the entire load of your house. Good luck with trying to get money out of your insurance company if the damage is caused by maintenance neglect.
Fixing Small Holes
- Clean the gutter thoroughly before you attempt any repair. Debris such as twigs, leaves and grass will prevent the patch from sealing properly.
- If there is any rust surrounding the hole, brush it off using a wire-brush. If the rust is deep set, cut-away the rusted area using wire snips or cutters.
- Once the area has been fully cleaned, had all rust removed and has been thoroughly dried off, add the bonding agent to the area and apply the patch.
- Cover the area using a tarpaulin and allow the seal to dry.
These jobs require a little more perseverance and simply caulking a hole with silicone won’t do. A lot of the preparation steps outlined above will apply to large holes also but large lengths of gutter are replaced instead. In my experience if a hole is large enough, it is probably more cost effective to buy a new section and secure that to the fascia, as large holes will simply re-appear in 12 months or so. You may end up in a situation where you are putting good money after bad, so my advice to you is to replace the entire length. How to install guttering is covered in previous articles on this website.
Gutter repair needn’t be the nightmare you have envisaged. If a methodical approach is adopted then you will be able to carry out all of the above with the greatest of ease.