Do you realize how important your gutter system is? You know it helps direct rainwater away from your home — but is it that big of a deal?
Yes, it is.
Why? Because gutters that are malfunctioning (or improperly installed) can contribute to roof leaks, foundation damage, basement flooding, and a ruined lawn.
Luckily, there are some repairs you can DIY if you consider yourself “handy” around the house. (Otherwise, don’t be afraid to call in the pros.)
Repair #1: Sagging Gutters
Gutters should have a slope that allows water from the roof to travel steadily down the gutter, to the downspout, and out the bottom of the downspout. When gutters sag in the middle of that section, water will pool, where it will eventually overflow. So instead of water being directed to the downspout, it will overflow onto the ground below instead.
To prevent gutters from sagging, install gutter hangers. This will provide support to gutters and ensure they retain their properly sloped shape. Make sure you use metal hangers that can be nailed into the fascia. Plastic hangers or ones that clip on will break too easily.
Repair #2: Leaking Gutters
Gutters tend to leak where they meet the downspouts. This is because all of the rainwater is being channeled here, and some end caps could wear out over time.
Bring old end caps to the hardware store with you, so you can make sure you get the right fit. Before installing the new end caps, make sure you scrub and clean the end of the gutter where the end cap is installed.
When fitting the end cap onto the gutter, apply an exterior silicone sealant AND sheet metal screws once the silicone has dried. This will ensure a tight fit.
Repair #3: Disconnected Downspouts
If you hear banging on the side of your home during a windy storm, your downspouts might be loose enough to the point of them banging against the side of the house.
All you have to do is head down to the hardware store and purchase a couple of downspout straps. You will be able to bend these metal straps around the downspout to custom fit your gutter system. Simply drill these straps over the downspouts, into the house.
Some repairs around the house can be done by you, the homeowner.
However, if you feel like you want a professional to take care of repairs (ones that could prevent expensive roof leaks and property flooding), we’ll be there to help you — just give us a call!