What To Do If Your Gutter is Leaking

It’s important that you regularly check on the health of your gutters. They do a great job at directing excess water downwards and protecting the structure of your building from water damage. If they’re compromised, you could be setting yourself up for a hefty repair bill.

You need to do all the obvious things, such as clearing the gutters of debris, but you also need to check how your gutter performs when it is under the most stress – during a downpour.

Next time your house or factory is subject to a bit of rain, you should grab the brolley and have a walk around your property to check for any leaks. Obviously, you won’t be able to see any water coming through healthy gutters. So, if you notice even a little trickle coming through, you need to start thinking about how you’re going to repair it.

Thankfully, repairing a leaky gutter is usually a fairly straightforward process. In fact, as long as you’re comfortable with scaling a ladder (in accordance with all relevant health and safety considerations) you can probably take care of it yourself.

DIY Gutter Leak Fix

  1. Prepare the area: Get your ladder nice and close to the leak and then use a gutter cleaner to remove all of the debris and dirt from around the leak. Use a wire brush to remove any rust. You need to make sure the gutter is completely dry before you start working—a heat gun can help speed the process up.
  2. Patch up the leak: Measure the size of the leak and cut your patching tape accordingly. For bigger holes, it’s a good idea to use two pieces and overlap them.

That’s all you need to do, all you need is a ladder, a gutter cleaner, a wire brush, some patching tape and a steady hand and your gutter will be good as new.

This advice is perfect if your gutter has one small leak. However, if your gutter has a number of leaks, or large leaks, then you might need to consider investing in a new length of gutter and replacing the whole section.

DIY Gutter Replacement

  1. Prepare: You’ll be perched on top of a ladder for a long time so it’s a good idea to have your tools ready. It’s also a good idea to get yourself a pair of leather gloves as the edges of guttering can be sharp and steel splinters are nasty.
  2. Get rid of the old length: You’ll need a pair of multi-grips to bend the guttering brackets. Once they have been bent, you just have to roll the gutter off the brackets. Once the brackets are off, chop the old brackets off with a wrecking bar.
  3. Mount the new brackets: You need to measure carefully to ensure you give the gutter a ‘fall’, or tilt towards the downpipe. The best way to get this ‘fall’ is to fix a high-end bracket at the top of fascia and a low-end bracket at the other end of the fascia, dropping 1cm for every half-metre of guttering. Remember, brackets should never be more than 1,200mm apart.
  4. Fix the gutter end brackets: Fix the end bracket to the gutter by putting silicon on the end of the gutter. Make a final seal by dabbing a bit of silicone on the inside and outside of the rivets.
  5. Install the downpipe: The downpipe should be on the lower end of the gutter, make a little mark on the gutter where you want the downpipe to push through. All you have to do now is cut a hole, push the tube through, silicone the edge and rivet the downpipe in place.
  6. The last bit: All that’s left to do it put the gutter on the brackets. It’s best to start with the lowest section first and work upwards. This is the best way to prevent leaks in joins. Once all the guttering is in place tighten the brackets with multi-grips.

Of course, if you have a fear of heights, don’t know your rivets from your screws, or have made a meal of every DIY project you’ve ever attempted, you can always give the Melbourne roofing specialists at ACR Roofing a call.

The most important thing to remember is that you should never ignore a leak in your gutter, what seems like a little trickle can quickly become a huge problem. Your gutters are there to prevent water from building up on your roof and your roof is there to protect your home. If you’re gutters aren’t 100% your roof isn’t either.

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