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How to Repair Rain Gutters – 8 Simple Steps to Follow

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With the unpredictable Sydney climate, repairing rain gutters is a common home maintenance activity. Moisture damage from leaking and overflowing rain gutters can damage your home. This can create unsightly marks on your walls or even affect the structural integrity of your home.

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Common rain gutter problems include leaking, overflowing, and sagging. The downspout of your gutter may also break loose especially when clogged with leaves and other rubbish. If left to deteriorate, these fixable problems will end up costing you more money.

Things you need need for rain gutter repairs

To repair your rain gutters, you will need to prepare these materials and tools. These can be easily found at home or readily available in your local hardware store.

  • Roofing adhesive or gutter silicone
  • Sheet metal patches
  • Wire brush
  • Putty knife
  • Gutter screws/gutter brackets
  • Screwdriver
  • Cloth
  • Ladder

Here are 7 easy steps to follow when repairing rain gutters

Remove the debris lodged in your rain gutter.

Remove fallen leaves and other rubbish that may have been stuck in the gutter. Debris blockage is the most common cause of gutter overflow. If you have a tree nearby, it’s best to schedule a routine check on your gutter. (Read: How to avoid leaves from clogging your gutters using leaf guards.)

Drain the standing water in your rain gutter.

If the slope of your gutter is not properly installed, rainwater may not drain properly. Standing water encourages rust formation which eventually forms holes in your gutter. Wipe the water off with a dry cloth.

Examine the gutter for any rust or holes.

After clearing the debris, identify the parts of your gutter that contains rust and holes. Usually, gutter rust form along the seams of the joints as well as the places where rainwater drops from your roofing. Using a wire brush, remove the rust from the gutter.

Fix the holes with roofing adhesive or gutter silicone.

Apply roofing adhesive or gutter silicone on the holes of your gutter. For larger holes, you may use a piece of sheet metal to cover it. For extra strength, apply another layer of the gutter silicone at the top of the sheet metal.

Repair the leaks along the joints.

Gutter joints are the primary suspects of leaking gutters either from misalignment or rust damage. Take the gutter parts and align them properly. Apply gutter silicone to seal the holes that still form.

Tighten hangers to fix gutter sagging.

Gutters are held by either metal clip hangers or spike and ferrule. Because rainwater and debris can be heavy, these hangers can weaken causing the gutter to sag. For spikes, always use the threaded version. Don’t forget to put gutter adhesive on the spike holes to make the hold stronger. For brackets, replace them with new ones and drill new holes. If possible, add more brackets to hold the gutter in place.

If problems persist, replace your gutter system.

Repairing rain gutters can be time-consuming especially if leaks, overflow, or sagging happens frequently. Evaluate the current state of your gutters and if possible, change your gutter system to one with a more advanced mechanism and hassle-free maintenance.

DIY rain gutter repairs only serve as a temporary solution to your gutter woes. At Easy Fall, we developed a unique guttering system that is low maintenance and hassle-free. For any guttering Sydney supplies, contact us on 1800 897 444 or email us at enquiries@easyfall.com.au.

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