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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

Sagging Gutters (video)

Sagging aluminum gutters worrying you? Check this video out which shows how to fix that problem.

How Fascia Boards Get Damaged (video)

Here’s a very good video on how fascia boards get damaged and rot. This also shows how to spot incoming damage to the fascia boards, and the whiteboard drawings explain things better. Enjoy!

Fascia Board Replacement

The fascia board is another important part of the house. It’s where the gutters are installed, and serves as a layer for the edge of the roof and outside. Aesthetically speaking, fascia boards also give that added touch to the roof. It also serves as a shield against weather damage that the roof and house interior can have, so it is important that it is kept in top condition. However, no matter how good your maintenance is, gradually the board will start to wear out, slowly rot and get damaged. It’s actually normal for boards to wear down, as exposure to weather elements make them vulnerable to damage. What if a part gets damaged? Do you have to consult a professional right away? You can when the damage is serious, but what if it’s just minor damage? You can surely do it yourself as long as you have the right tools.

The most common causes for damage or issues in your fascia board are: termites, wood borers, and Mother Nature herself. If you spotted any damage on one spot of your fascia board, look for more. It’ll save you money if you change a whole part rather than portions of it. The materials needed will be: ladder, fascia board, tape measure, primer, galvanized nails, paint, caulk and caulking gun (should be silicone), reciprocating saw (for old nails), hammer and a circular saw.

Measurement. It’s pretty straightforward why you need to have it accurate. If you’ll just be replacing a portion, make sure it’ll match the old installation to make it even and look like nothing happened.

Primer/Paint combo. When installing fascia boards, take note of the paint used before to match the color to make it look natural. Apply the primer, then the paint, then cut away the damaged fascia board piece. Same goes to the replacement.

Removal. Make sure your ladder placement is sturdy so you can safely pull the damaged fascia board with your hammer, and place the new piece. Secure it firmly with nails, and check the current boards if you need to put some new nails to it. Nail it against the raft. Of course, remove your gutters as well. Just be careful in doing so to prevent damage.

The Caulk. Use the caulking gun to seal off the attachment of the new piece to the remaining board, and also check if the joints needed to be resealed. The caulk can be irritating to the eyes, so wear protection too – and the face mask.

If you get used to doing this kind of repair – you might be able to do a full replacement by yourself!

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.

Common Gutter Problems

There’s no better feeling of being able to buy your own home or property. The fulfillment and the liberty of being able to do what you want in your house is sometimes better than having your own apartment space. Gradually, one will develop their DIY skills in trying out things i.e. making simple repairs to plumbing, general house cleaning, and electrical stuff.

Let’s say one day you decide to make that investment to a brand new gutter system. After professional installation, you just left the gutter do its job. For a few months, the gutter did its job – even the gutter cover you’ve put earlier also helped out in clearing out the extra debris from clogging it. However, it doesn’t stop there. One of the most neglected parts of the house is the gutter system. People have the misconception that gutters can be”left alone,” and require minimal cleaning. This brings about many problems and can cause damage to your house if the gutters aren’t maintained well.

Gutters simply serve as collectors of rainwater that falls on your roof and direct it away from your home, keeping your walls and foundations safe. It is imperative that regular maintenance needs to be done in order for your gutter system to function properly. The most common culprits of your gutter will be consisting of: seeds, dirt, small rocks, dust, dirt, feathers, ice, small twigs, branches or even insects. Always keep in mind that though the water may bring them down, there’s always a bigger possibility that it’ll clog your downspout, and make your gutter overflow. Overflow will mean a different direction for the water to go to, and fall near your house foundation, or seep through the fascia boards. Fascia boards are the piece of wood where the gutter is attached. When water seeps through the house foundation, the soil underneath gradually becomes soft. Even though it’ll take years for the foundation to be really affected, the effects will arise gradually, and it’s not a good thing. When wood is always exposed to moisture, it’ll gradually rot as well, and will also affect your house walls.

When winter comes, the snow on your roof will gradually fall down your roof, but because of some heating systems that are installed on the upper part of the roof, the liquid gets frozen real quick when it goes to the gutters. This will cause an ice dam, which will make the gutter bear the weight of rock solid ice. This will weaken the attachment and will cause damage to the roof, and to your pocket.

These issues, when dealt with in the right time, will never be a threat to your gutter system. Regular check-up of your gutters after heavy rain or a windy day is highly recommended. It’s best to check your gutters from time to time rather than spending a huge amount for repairs. Always check for possible clogs, leaks and have it dealt with right away. In the winter, make it a point to always scrape your roof with snow rakes to make sure that any ice dams that will form can easily be removed. When there are any issues in the attachments of the gutter, have it checked by a professional. For minimal debris build-up, it’s also best to look for quality gutter covers that will fit your budget and your needs.

Proper maintenance will always bring about positive results, and comfortable living in your home.

Gutter Leak Repair (video)

Fixing leaks off your gutter can be very simple. It depends on the proper tools like the adhesive that you’ll use. Here’s a video showing a quick tip in fixing those leaks.