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How to repair rain gutters

Learn how to repair rain gutters, and why it’s important to keep them in good condition.

If you’re like most homeowners, you began the summer with a laundry list of tasks you wanted to get done around the house. However, also like many homeowners, family vacations, fun in the sun, and prevented you from getting around to many of those tasks.

If repairing damaged rain gutters is among the chores you haven’t gotten to, it’s important to make sure that it gets done before the cooler weather sets in. That’s because your rain gutters and rain spouts are an essential defense against moisture working its way into your home.

Improperly drained water can pool around your home’s foundation, and eventually find a way inside.

Fixing Common Gutter Problems

Here is how to repair some common problems homeowners tend to have with eaves troughs.

Overflowing Rain Gutters

When rain gutters are overflowing rather than draining properly, there is a very good chance that you’re dealing with a clog. Check gutters and downspouts to ensure that they are free of leaves and other debris.

Leaking Gutters

Gutter leaks are typically caused by one of two things: holes or joint failure.

Holes – This type of eaves trough damage can either be caused by rust or accidental punctures. The best way to repair holes in rain gutters is with some roofing cement and a metal (the same material as the gutter) patch or a piece of flashing cut larger than the damaged area.

Step 1: Clean the place on the gutter to be patched.

Step 2: Spread roofing cement on the back of the patch and then place it over the hole.

Step 3: Clean away any cement that may have seeped out around the edges.

Joint failure – Leaks can occur when the seam between two sections of your eaves troughs fails. This can result in leaking during the warmer months and dangerous icicles when it’s cold out.

For Plastic Gutters – If a gutter joint has opened on your vinyl gutters, simply clean any debris or residue from the joint area and then apply a bead of exterior-grade polyurethane caulk to the inside of area.

For Metal Gutters – You can start off by trying to simply seal the leaky area with some roof and gutter sealer. However, if that doesn’t solve the problem, you may need to take the joint apart and reseal it.

Sagging Gutters

Usually, a sagging gutter is simply the result of a dislodged hanger. To fix it, have an assistant prop the sagging spot up till it’s in line. Then, simply replace or tighten the hanger.

Dislodged Downspout

If your downspout has pulled away, push the sections back together and secure with sheet metal screws.

Hiring Help

Not everyone is skilled at performing their own household repairs. If for some reason you don’t feel comfortable or able to repair rain gutters, you can contact a local handyman service and someone will come out and fix them for you.

In addition to repairing gutters, you can typically hire a handyman to perform several small to medium size home repairs. To learn more about having your rain gutters repaired, or any other repairs, browse our handyman listings here on

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