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Nobody likes dirty, clogged or broken gutters. Fortunately, some broken gutters can be fixed without calling in the pros. While it is important to have gutters professionally cleaned and inspected on a regular basis, if problems do occur between check-ups, there are a few DIY tips to try.
Patch Gutter Holes
Gutter holes can develop for many different reasons. Simple age can often lead to holes, though the most common cause is rust eating through the gutter. Eventually, gutters with holes will need to be professionally replaced, but when in a pinch, they can be patched up for an easy temporary fix.
All it takes is some roofing cement, which can typically be purchased quite cheaply at a hardware store, and a patch made from the same material as the gutter that’s big enough to fully cover the hole with room to spare. Clean the area with a damp cloth, cut any lingering rust, fill with the cement, smooth the cement down and then thoroughly cover with the patch.
Check for Clogging
Sometimes, when gutters aren’t working properly, it’s simply because they’re clogged. If the problem can’t be pinpointed, grab a ladder and take a look inside the gutter. If mud, leaves, or something else is filling up the gutter, it’s probably just clogged.
Since a clogged gutter can lead to problems draining or an inability to drain, sagging, and mildew growth, it’s important to clean it out right away. If the gutter is already sagging, it will, unfortunately, need to be replaced, not just cleaned. If it’s not too late though, a good scrub-out is all it needs. Cleaning by hand isn’t much fun, but most debris can easily be scooped out and thrown out with just a good pair of gloves and some elbow grease.
Repair Leaking Joints
The point where one part of a gutter meets another is referred to as a “joint.” All gutters have joints, even those so-called seamless gutters. Their joints typically exist at the point where the gutter meets the corner or the downspout. In either case, the joints can weaken over time and start to leak and sag.
Fortunately, they can typically be temporarily patched up with a little roofing cement or by adding in or replacing gutter spikes, which can be purchased at most home good stores.
Temporary Fixes vs. Permanent Solutions
Almost every DIY option is, at best, a temporary fix. That means that, while these options can be great for preventing further damage or reducing the effects of a gutter problem, to truly get to the root of the problem and remedy it for good, professional help is needed. To get that expert help, contact us today at (08) 8343 5988.