Your gutters play an important role in protecting your home from water damage. If they end up with holes or cracks, they can’t keep water off the side of your home, resulting in potential damage. If you have leaky gutters or downspouts, here’s what you can do to fix them.
Fixing Leaky Gutters at the Joint
A common spot for gutter leaks are the joints where two pieces connect. If you notice those areas letting water drip onto your home, there’s an easy way to fix them. You’ll need a cloth, gutter or silicone caulk, and a caulk gun. Take these steps next:
- Unclip the gutter length from the joint clip.
- Remove the gutter length, so you have full access to the inside of the joint clip.
- Wipe it down with the cloth, so you know it’s clean.
- Apply the caulk around the edge of the gutter’s profile.
- Put the joint back on, and wipe away any excess caulk.
Fixing a Damaged Gutter
Besides joint damage, your gutters can leak for other reasons.
- If they are leaky from a clog, clear the debris to get allow water to flow freely.
- If the water isn’t flowing down your gutters, adjust the slope to the correct angle.
- If you have cast-iron gutters, paint them often to avoid rust and leaking,
Fixing a Loose Downspout
Sometimes, your downspout brackets can become loose, causing water to flow down the side of your home rather than the downspout itself. To fix this, you’ll need a drill and sturdy fasteners or wall plug. Then:
- Slide the downspout a bit above or below its normal hanging position to mark the new spots you’ll drill into the wall.
- Drill pilot holes into the wall.
- Attach the bracket with the fasteners, or use wall plug on masonry work.
A main reason gutters leak is because debris gets stuck in them and either clogs the joints and downspouts or punctures the gutter itself. Keystone Gutter Helmet offers our patented gutter protection system to prevent debris from getting into your gutters in the first place. That means less maintenance and no unfortunate leaks or damage. For more information or to get a free quote, call us today at 610-372-4383.