Fix Your Gutter in a Blink of an Eye with our DIY Tips

May 13, 2021
Fix Your Gutter in a Blink of an Eye with our DIY Tips

Gutters usually perform smoothly, ensuring that water from the roof is driven away from the home foundation and landscaping features. Without them, water will pour on the side of the house and cause hydrostatic pressure in the soil, which will damage the foundation.

Gutter and eavestrough repair is important in maintaining their crucial role in a house. The type of damage determines the kind of repair, but you still need the right tools, such as gutter screws, sealants, and a downspout screen. In most cases, the repair will take less than one hour and will not need the intervention of a professional roofer.

What to do If Your Gutters Are Clogged

Clogging can occur in any section of the gutter, from the middle to the bottom of the downspouts. If it happens, water stops flowing through and exerts too much pressure on the eavestrough, which causes it to sag.

The most common cause of clogging is dry leaves and other detritus within the gutter or downspouts. The problem is typically more common in gutters with downspout elbows than in straight ones. The turns make it harder for the junk to pass through, which is why most debris is found on the hole leading to the downspouts.

The most effective repair procedure is removing the clog manually. Start by determining where the problem is and pull out the junk if you can reach it. Make sure you wear protective gloves. If the junk is too far, use a hose to run water through the downspout until it starts flowing freely. If the water does not work, disassemble the downspout elbows and clear them one at a time.

How to Deal with Leaking Gutters

Gutter leaks can happen on the side of the gutters or near the end-caps and downspouts. Regardless of where the leak is, a DIY gutters repair will prevent more extensive damage. The process is simple, and it does not require a lot of expensive tools. A drill bit set with a cordless driver will be needed for the job, but a riveting tool can also come in handy.

Start by drilling 1/8-inch holes through the gutter and splash guards. The splash guards can be bought at local hardware stores at approximately $3, or you can make some at home using aluminum and sheet metal that you spray to match your gutters.

Fit a 1/8-inch rivet into the holes and fasten them using a pop rivet tool on the shaft. Squeeze it to remove the stem and compress it. If a pop riveter is not available, use sheet metal tools.

What to do If the Gutters Are Sagging

Sagging or bulging gutters are not consistent throughout. The gap between the gutters and the wall is bigger in some areas than others. Large quantities of water pooling cause this issue in the gutter for a long, thereby exerting too much pressure on the gutters. The more the water overwhelms the gutter, the more the hangers become loose and sag.

Another common cause is rotting fascia boards, which causes fasteners not to be properly secured. To reduce sagging, use plastic shims to separate the back of the gutters and the fascia. Make sure they are properly tacked on the fascia board to prevent them from falling off. This is only a temporary solution until you’ll be able to afford to replace the gutter and use PVC on the fascia instead of wood.

Keeping the gutters free of debris will reduce further chances of sagging because water will not remain on the gutter for too long.

Do Your Drips Drive You Mad?

Fix Your Gutter in a Blink of an Eye with our DIY Tips

The sound of water dripping from the downspouts can be very annoying. The problem may be worse in downspouts with elbows because they intensify the sounds. The closer the downspout is to a window or a frequently used room, the more frustrating it becomes.

Some contractors use repair methods like installing a lead plate and a magnetic cushioned plate, but those only change the sound of the drip without stopping it. For repairs, a caulk gun, caulk, and diameter rope are essential.

The first step is to put some seaming caulk around the drain opening, making sure to leave a ¼ inch space. Glue the nylon rope next to the space you left and drop it down the gutter. The rope should have a diameter of 3/8 inches and should be glued to the bend in the gutter elbow. The rope will keep water from dripping freely, thus, getting rid of the sound. Make sure you have the right gear before handling the caulk.

How to Fix Loose Downspouts

Downspouts are usually vertical because they drain water from the gutter to the ground, channelled away from the house. Over time, they can loosen or detach from the gutter or the side of the house.

The main reason for loosening is often missing screws, especially if the gutter was cut into flaps connected to the downspouts during installation. Alternatively, downspouts can loosen from the side of the house after detaching from the gutter.

The solution is fitting a drop outlet and sealing or screwing it onto the gutter. A quality sealant will work just as effectively as gutter screws. Fit the bottom section of the downspout onto the outlet before screwing at least two spots. Use straps to secure the downspout onto the side of the house.

Replacing the leaking section of the downspout is also a long-lasting solution. Before attempting any repair, remove the downspout areas near the leaking joints. Professional assistance is always a phone call away if you need it.

DIY Fix for Gutters Overflow

Overflow in gutters is caused by an accumulation of excess debris or insufficient gutter slopping, but simple gutter repair steps can fix both. A low slope, together with blockage from debris, can result in water not moving to the downspout and sometimes even moving backwards.

Cleaning the debris in the eavestrough and downspouts is usually enough to solve the problem. If the problem is because the gutter does not have flashing, a gutter apron will provide the solution. The apron will be tucked under the roofing shingles and above the gutter. Installing the apron may mean removing the hangers temporarily and fastening the aprons with sheet metal screws, but you can also work around them when they are still in place. If the gutter has a drip edge, tuck roll flashing under it. You can cut the flashing roll using tinsnips into 3-inch strips. If the gutters are made of steel and aluminum, flashing will not be ideal.

Further Steps

Before conducting any gutter repair, the area must be cleaned as part of preparation. Remove the debris, flush the gutter with water, or scrub with an abrasive pad. Seal small holes with plastic roofing cement and install flashing to prevent the buildup of moisture. Confirm that the downspout is in perfect condition by cleaning the joints, replacing the gaskets, and applying silicone. All these must be done after disassembling the downspout. Considering other issues that are not too obvious can also prevent more problems in the future.

All these may seem like too much work, which is why it is best to hire professionals. We are available for all gutter repair and installation services. Contact us today.

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