To channel all the winter precipitation that falls on your home into the appropriate channels, your gutters and drainage system need to be working properly. If you have any issues with your gutter or drainage system, take some time to address them this fall before all the precipitation starts again.
1. Clogged Gutter
One of the most common issues most homeowners encounter with their gutters are clogged gutters. Luckily, this is relatively easy to fix.
If your gutters are clogged, removing the debris from your gutters will get the water flowing properly again. Use a small garden shovel to scoop up the debris inside of your gutters, and put the debris into a bucket. A small shovel is the fastest way to get rid of excessive debris in your gutters.
You can also purchase a spray attachment for your hose. Stand up on a ladder and use the jet setting on your spray attachment to dislodge and flush out the debris in your gutters. Spraying out your gutters works best if you don't have a lot of debris in your gutters or if you have already removed the large debris from your gutters.
2. Sagging Gutter
You don't want your gutters to sag. When your gutters sag, water will not flow properly into the downspout and away from your home. Water can also collect and become stagnate. During strong storms, water will spill out of your gutters and run down the side of your home instead of going to the proper drainage channels. Fixing a sagging gutter depends on whether the gutter is supported by spikes or brackets.
If your gutter is supported by spikes, you need to figure out if the spike is bent or has fallen out. If the spike is just bent, you can use a pry bar or a pair of locking pliers to bend the spike back into shape.
If the spike has fallen out, you are going to want to fill in the hole where the spike was previously with epoxy before putting a new spike in place. Just hammer a new spike in place and allow the gutter to rest on top of the spike.
If the gutter is supported by brackets or hangers, you are going to want to unclip the entire gutter all the way to the downspout. You may need someone to assist you with this task. Then, you are going to need to screw in a new bracket at the same height and approximately the same position as the old one.
You may want to locate the new bracket an inch or so over from where the old bracket was placed so you don't have to fill in the hole with epoxy.
3. Leaking Gutter
Gutter leaks most commonly develop around gutter joints and in the base of your gutters where the water flows.
The easiest way to repair leaks that originate along the joints or seams is with silicone-rubber caulking. Use a damp rag to clean the inside and outside of your gutter along the leaking joint, then dry off the area with another rag. Then, apply the silicone rubber caulking along the joint line both inside and outside of the gutter.
For small leaks along the base of your gutters, roofing cement or rubberized cement are both great patching materials. Clean the area around the hole, then use a putty knife to spread roofing cement over and around the hole. Keep the application thin, so you don't impede the flow of water through your gutters.
If the hole is larger than a quarter, you are going to want to purchase a sheet-metal patch. Put the sheet metal patch over the hole, and then cover the hole up with a thin layer of roofing cement.
If your gutters are clogged, sagging or leaking, fix them up before winter weather hits. The roofing professionals at Coomer Roofing Co can help you get your gutters ready for winter.