It is only natural that your gutters will begin to age. They can overflow, sag, leak, and otherwise become damaged. Not only will they become damaged, but they can also damage other parts of your home, including the exterior of your home and the foundation of the home.
So, what happens when you have leaky gutters? What can you do to solve the problem? This is what you need to know about the process of fixing your gutter. The good news is that you can also count on a roofing professional to help you through the process of fixing your roof and gutters for good.
Clean the Area First
The first thing you need to do to repair leaky gutters is clean the surrounding area. Preparation will involve cleaning the area around the leak with water and a brush. It is also beneficial to use something abrasive to add a bit of texture to the area as well. This helps glue stick. If you do not have the necessary tools, roofers will have them available as well.
Apply Roofing Cement
If you have a small hole, you can easily apply some plastic roofing cement to the area of the gutter, right into the holes. Fill them in completely and allow the area to sit. For larger holes, you may need to use some flashing to prevent water from getting into the area in the future. Make sure to flatten the edges so that water can continue to flow down the surface as necessary.
Replace or Adjust Downspouts
Even if the leak has been replaced, it is a good idea to adjust or replace your downspouts. They tend to get holes or to move over time, which can damage your home's foundation. You might also check any gaskets, seeing if they need to be replaced. The joints commonly experience leaks.
You May Need to Use Silicone Caulk
Silicone caulking helps you address issues with your gutter's joints. Apply caulking before you reassemble gutters and apply fasteners if you think you may have serious holes. This can be a difficult process if you are not familiar with caulking and fastening these areas.
Speak With a Professional Roofer About Your Gutters
Professional roofers can help you through the process of fixing the gutters of your roof, especially if they are leaky and need some extra help staying in place and remaining productive. Call a roofer today to discuss solutions for your gutters to protect your roof and your home's foundation.