Tips To Help You Inspect, Repair, And Replace Your Leaking Roof Gutters
The exterior of your home and its foundation and basement walls rely upon your roof's gutters to remain dry and protected. Poorly-performing gutters that sag and leak can cause the soil around your home foundation to erode and receive excessive moisture to lead to interior mold and mildew problems. Here are some recommendations to help you inspect, repair, and replace your home's gutters, so your roof drainage continues working properly and efficiently.
Inspect for Damage
Determining where your gutters are leaking is the first step, and you can complete this using your garden hose. Spray your garden hose upon your roof until your gutters begin to collect and drain water. Watch your gutters as the water flows through them to look for any drips and leaking areas. Mark the areas of damage with a grease pencil or chalk so you can come back later to make any repairs. You can also find areas of leaking by inspecting the soil below for areas of excessive erosion.
Do-It-Yourself Patch Repairs
One method to repair your leaking gutters is to create a patch to cover leaks and drips from holes and cracks. Be sure you use a sheet of material matching the material of your gutters to make your patch. If your gutters are vinyl, for example, use a sheet of vinyl, and if they are aluminum, use a sheet of aluminum.
Clean the surrounding surface around the damage to remove dirt, rust, dust, and other build-up with a wire brush and water. With metal cutters, cut your patch from a sheet of matching material to fit over the hole or crack of your leaking gutter. Use roofing cement to adhere the patch onto the area of damage.
You can also use roofing cement to seal up any loose seams and connects on your gutters that are leaking. Any sagging lengths of gutter will need to be reattached to your roof's edge with replacement gutter hooks.
Replace Damaged Gutters
When areas of your gutters are damaged and cracking, it is also a good idea to replace them with new lengths to eliminate their leaking. You can purchase new gutters lengths from a local home improvement store and install them yourself, or you can hire a professional gutter repair and installation company to evaluate your home roof needs and recommend some repair options.
Professional installation services can remove your old gutters and their hooks and install new gutters lengths in one of several options. Such options include seamless gutters to eliminate seam cracking damage, and gutters with protective screens to keep leaves and other debris from entering them. Screened gutters are a good option if your home is surrounded by trees and you have a heavy build-up of leaves upon your gutters.