Roofing

How to Repair Your Gutters

Rain roofing contractors and downspouts play the important function of keeping moisture away from the house. This prevents the structure of your house from getting damaged as a result of too much moisture. However, your gutter might get damaged and start leaking, drooping, it might overflow or pool water around your house. These can cause serious problems for your house.

Here are some DIY solutions that you can use to fix these problems:

Leaking Rain Gutters

When your gutter starts to leak, this will most likely happen between the joints. Let the gutter dry and then brush it clean. Clean up the joints where the leaks are and then apply silicone rubber caulk both on the inside and the outside of the seams.

If there are holes that are causing the leakage, use roofing cement to patch up the holes. Use lots of cement and spread it out with a putty knife. If the weather is not warm, first warm up the cement to room temperature. This will make it easier to spread.

If the hole is big, patch it up using a metallic sheet. Immerse the metallic sheet in cement and then apply a coat of cement over the patch.

Overflowing Rain roof repair

An overflowing drainage means that the drainage is blocked at some point. It could be that the drain is blocked and the water is not getting to the downspout or the downspout is blocked and not conducting water away.

Since most blockages are caused by debris, clear the roofing. In case the drainage is overflowing but it’s not sagging or blocked, it means that you need to install a bigger gutter and downspout.

Sagging Rain Gutters

To check if your drains are sagging, use a level to check if they are dropping ¼ inch at every 10 feet as they go towards the downspout. Also, examine the inside part of the gutter to see if there are watermarks that indicate water pooling.

To fix this, change the hangers used to support the drains. You might also have to reset the gutter. In case spike and ferrule hangers are being used to support the drain, hammer in the long spike until it’s fastened against the solid wood. Use a longer spike or galvanized nail if you need to.

In case you are using clip-style gutter hangers, you might have to raise the roof along the eaves and tighten the hangers.

Loose Gutter Downspout

The gutter might get detached from the downspout or different sections of the downspout might get separated. This often happens when there’s debris that has accumulated in some parts of the downspout. This requires that you take the gutter apart and you clean it out and then fasten the downspout together again.

Downspouts Pool Runoff Water

If the downspout is pooling water at the base of the house, fix a downspout diverter at the end of the downspout. This will carry water some feet away from the house.

Alternatively, you can put a 4-inch diameter ABS drain pipe underground. However, this might clog up after some time.

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