Three Gutter Problems That You Can Handle As DIY Projects
Did you know that most gutter problems are things you can repair on your own? If you already have a hammer, pair of gloves, and ladder, then you will just have to buy a few things for these repairs. Here are a few gutter problems that you can handle:
Leaks at the joint can be repaired; leaks anywhere else mean the gutters are old and need to be replaced. Repair leaking joints by caulking them with gutter sealants, which you can buy for a few dollars. Choose a warm day so that the putty spreads easily or warm it first.
Scrape the leaking joint clean to allow the sealant to stick properly; use a wire brush if you want it to be extra clean. Then, spread the sealant generously and let it dry.
A gutter should slope for about half an inch for every ten feet of its length. A lower pitch encourages water to stand in the gutter, which can easily lead to rust issues and gutter damage. If your gutters have standing water, and they are not clogged with debris, then the problem is likely to be that of low pitch.
Here is how to remedy the situation:
- measure ten feet from the bottom of the fascia board towards the downspout and mark it
- lower the section of the gutter above the mark a quarter an inch down
- repeat for the rest of the gutter until you reach the downspout
- test to see if water runs freely; if not, then increase the pitch further
Your gutters are likely to sag if you frequently place ladders on them or leave them filled up with debris. They will also start to pull away from the house and start pouring water outside the downspout, which can create a water pool near your house's foundation.
In many cases, fixing the hangers will solve the problem. If they aren't deteriorated, then just climb on a ladder, remove them and fasten them tighter. If they are deteriorated, then you need to replace them with new ones that you can buy for only a few dollars. It may also be that your gutters are spaced too far apart to provide the necessary support, in which case you need to add more.
Obviously, you shouldn't try any repair if you don't have the right tools (such as ladders) or don't believe you can do it. In that case, hire a professional roofer like one from East Texas Roof Works & Sheet Metal LLC. to handle the job.