Gutter repair is not something that should be taken lightly, with many people making a monumental mess when it comes to carrying out this task. The defence of your house against the elements is vital, as damage caused by your environment is usually not covered by your insurance policy. It is of the utmost importance that you look after the structure of your home or face spending thousands of pounds on costly repairs. The whole point of your gutters and the attached drain spouts is to drain water off your roof and away from the foundations of the home, thus preserving the structural integrity of the building. When anything happens to this system that interferes with this process in anyway, immediate action must take place. This article will delve into the depths of what it takes to carry out repairs and keep your system in a healthy state.
Patch Those Holes
This may seem quite obvious to everyone reading this but you would be surprised at how often this simple task is ignored. My advice is simple, if you have a hole in your gutter patch it ASAP! If you allow the hole to fester over time and inevitably increase in size, you may have to replace the whole length of gutter. Small holes can be filled using gutter cement or silicone caulk but larger holes will require you to use a patch. If possible, use the same material for the patch that was used to make the gutter, otherwise, choose a material that is easy to work with and does not react with the material make-up of the gutter. When applying the patch, remove all rust from the hole using a wire brush or use cutting snips for larger areas of rust. Use silicone to bond the patch to the gutter and allow time to set in dry conditions. There is really no point in attempting to repair holes while it is raining, as the adhesive or caulk used will not bond properly and you may end up making things worse.
Now that we have covered patching holes, let us move on to fixing leaks. Leaks can be just as detrimental to the defence of your home as a hole, if not more. Leaks occur when the joints between the gutter lengths and down spouts pull away from each other, allowing water to seep through. Seamless gutters go a long way to prevent this from happening but this is not a lot of good, if you have already fitted an installation with seams. In Liverpool many of the systems already in place are of the seamed variety and many of these develop leaks. If you encounter leaks, use a caulk gun to run a bead of silicone along the joint on a dry day or replace the gasket/seal into the grove of the union joint (ensure it is the correct way round). This should repair the leak and return your guttering to a fully functioning state.