Do It Yourself Home Repair: How To Fix Leaky Gutters And Spouts

Leaky gutters and spouts can cause problems around the foundation of your home.

Leaky gutters and spouts on your home can be basically caused by two different factors. They can either be a sign that your gutters and / or spouts are clogged with leaves, small limbs, tree nuts, and other debris. Or, the leaks can be caused because your gutter and / or spouts have rusted and have holes in them, or maybe a seam or two has come loose.

Whatever the case, you can easily fix your home's leaky gutters and spouts, and save yourself some money while you are at it. The first thing you need to do is to climb up on a ladder and inspect all of the gutters on your house. Check for blockages and debris inside the channel. If you find any, then you'll need to either use a small garden trowel or a similar tool to remove the debris. An easy way to do this is to hang a five-gallon bucket on the ladder. Then, simply scoop the debris out into the bucket. When it becomes full, dump the bucket and then reuse it.

Next, after you have cleared the channels the best that you can, use your garden hose to flush the remaining dirt away, and down the spouts. When you do this, you can check one of your spouts at the same time. Simply watch the end of the spout to see if the water is running out freely. If it's not, you can set the nozzle on the end of your garden hose to a powerful spray setting. Then stick the nozzle into the gutter, at the top of the spout. Let the water run for a few minutes until you can hear the blockage inside the pipe break loose. You will then see it flow out the end along with the water. If the water doesn't do the trick, then you will need to use a plumber's snake to clean the spout. Repeat this process with any leaky gutters and spouts that you have on your home.

If your gutters and / or spouts were blocked with leaves, small limbs, tree nuts, et cetera, and that was causing them to leak, then you should remedy this problem once and for all. You can do this yourself, and it won't be too expensive. Purchase some long, plastic pieces of gutter covering. This covering is perforated its entire length so, once it's installed, the water running off your roof can pass through it, yet debris cannot. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the package of gutter covering in order to achieve the best results.

If clearing the gutters and spouts doesn't fix the problem, then you will need to inspect them for rusted spots that can be leaking. You will also need to inspect the seams to make sure they are securely connected together. If you have hard plastic gutters and spouts, you can actually glue them with a heavy duty, water - resistant glue. Clean the leaking spots first, then follow the manufacturer's instructions for the best results.

If you have metal gutters and spouts, you can fix any holes in them too. To do this, you will first need to clean the leaking spots first. If they are rusty, you need to clean this off by using a stiff wire brush. Wipe off the loosened rust and dry the area thoroughly. Then, coat the area with a generous layer of cement. Be sure to use cement that is specially made for use on metal gutters and spouts. Then, before the cement dries, measure and cut pieces of thin aluminum to fit over the leaky holes in the gutter. Press these pieces into the wet cement; allow the cement to dry undisturbed.

For places in the gutters and spouts on your home that have become disconnected, you will first need to push them back into place. Then, cement the seam together with good roof cement.

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