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Gutter Leak Repair

While maintaining your gutter system, it’s not a surprise when you encounter issues and minor repairs. Major issues can be prevented, but minor damages concerns are all but inevitable. At some point you will encounter repairs that you have to do – however, all of these can be done yourself, and won’t require any professional help. Working on it yourself will save you money and will give you the DIY knowledge. One of the usual issues that you’ll encounter is a gutter leak. Though it’s a minor issue, it can gradually turn to a costly repair if neglected.

Here are some materials needed. Make sure you make a checklist of it for you not to miss anything.

Gloves. Providing hand safety, it’s good enough that you use the disposable variety as the adhesive that you’ll be using is really hard to remove. Some would recommend the thicker work gloves to prevent any wounds. Gutters have parts that may be sharp or that can puncture you, and that isn’t good. Risk of infection due to the debris is imminent and you wouldn’t want that, would you?

Abrasive Pad/Steel Wool. The leak itself, including the area around it needs to be even to prevent anything seeping through the seal. It also cleans up the area and makes the sealant you’re using to bond as quickly and as strong as possible.

Ladder. I guess this is self-explanatory.

Metal Flashing. This can be useful as you can cut a small part of it using metal snips to form a small patch.

Metal Snips. Use this to cut up parts of metal flashing.

Putty Knife. This ensures an even layer of the adhesive that you’ll be using on the patch or on the exact leak.

Caulking Gun/Cartridge. This is an extremely important tool, and is reliable. Aside from gutter issues, you can use this practically anywhere around the house that concerns sealing up, such as windows, tiles, etc. This can be used when the leak is on the joints or at downspouts.

To fix the leak, let’s assume that it’s just a small hole. Scrub the area with your abrasive pad or steel wool. Then cut a small part of the metal flashing that you have and apply the adhesive on one side then place it on the leak. If there are any excess adhesive sticking out, just use your fingers to even it out or remove any bits of it. You can also use a caulking gun, by caulking on the area of the leak then lightly sealing it with your finger. If the leak is located on downspouts, it’s best to disassemble it, and apply the caulk while your putting it back together. Make sure that the caulk is dry when installing it back to the gutter.

Thank our preferred Gutter Guard company Hallett Gutter Cover for helping to find these tips

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Repairing the Gutter Leak with a Caulking Gun

The caulk is one house tool that is extremely helpful. It’s an adhesive that can fill caps, close up gaps, and fix leaks so it’s almost a do-it-all tool. If used properly, the caulk can last for a long time and is absolutely reliable. It comes in several kinds, but if it’s for your gutter system, the best will be silicone. Caulking may look simple because of the caulking gun, but it is messy if done the wrong way. The fumes can be irritating, and when the caulk stains clothing, it is almost impossible to remove.

Just like every procedure, caulking can’t be done properly when there’s lack of the equipment required. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or just someone who needs a quick fix for a gap, an opening or a leak. Caulks come in squeeze tubes or cartridges, and ones that come with a caulking gun. Always buy the complete set, which is the one that comes with the caulking gun. Caulks are cheap, so it won’t hurt your pocket.

Gutter leaks need to be dealt with right away. If left unattended, water will seep in to your house ceiling and house walls, which isn’t a good sight to see. To use the caulk, cut the nozzle of the caulk cartridge. The closer it is to the gun, the bigger the hole. Cut the nozzle to the size that you want, as long as you won’t waste the caulk or it’s too small. Cut the nozzle in a 45 degree angle, and apply it in the same degree too. Here’s the tricky part: if you haven’t used a caulking gun before, practice on a piece of wood or paper. The aim is for you to consistently apply the caulk.

Before applying the caulk to the gutter leak, make sure that it’s clean and it’s dry. Use sandpaper (or a wire brush) to roughen up the edges to prepare it for the caulk application. Squeeze the caulk gun along the seam or the hole where the leak is coming from. After application, you can use your finger or a popsicle to even out the caulk. Putting tape on the other side of the leak or seam will also secure the caulk, and can be removed after it has dried.

Caulking requires practice, so don’t hesitate to experiment in scrap boards or sheets. You’ll be making gutter leak repairs yourself in no time and save money too.