Gutter leaks are a widespread occurrence, but they can turn out to be a severe problem if you do not fix them immediately.
Such leaks are generally found outside around the roof's edges and can damage the wood on windows, doors, and exterior walls. However, regular checks will help you detect small-scale leaks, and they can be fixed without professional help.
Plus, with DIY fixes, you do not have to worry about making a hole in your pockets. Just make sure that you have the necessary equipment and a good quality ladder beforehand.
In this read, we have listed the multiple reasons that can cause such leaks and then discussed the ways to fix them. Rest assured that the techniques are not very difficult, and you can easily do them on your own.
How To Fix Gutter Leaks?
Before working on any area, you will need to clean it with a scrubber and water. Use a wire brush to take out any leaves or debris that you see, and then proceed to work on the area. So, keep a wire, cloth, and brush handy before you start fixing the leaks.
1. Leaking Joints
Joints are one of the major areas where a leak can occur, and hence, this is the first issue that we will discuss.
If you see that water is dripping from where the pipes meet, it could be because of a hole or a gap. Check the place carefully and see if you can spot the leakage. In case you cannot, try pouring some water over it to spot the origin of the leak.
Once you spot the location, you can easily fix it with a quality sealant. Just take the old one off and replace it with a new one. Ensure that it fits the pipe completely and there are no gaps left in between.
You can use plastic roofing cement to take care of small holes. But if the holes are big, then you will have to use strips that match your roofing material and place them on the required areas. Use roofing cement to seal them, and that should be it.
But if the sealant does not work or if you see that the pipes are very old, then you might have to replace one or more pipes. In that case, we would recommend seeking professional help.
2. Leaks Due To Loose Fasteners
The next probable cause of leakage is a loose fastener, which can cause the water to drain out. By fasteners, we mean the screws that are used to fix the fascia boards to the gutter. These are prone to become loose if the gutter is old. And in this case, the water might leak from the end of the channels.
If this happens, you can try tightening the screws and see if it works. Besides, the fascia boards could have become rotten or damaged, and you might have to change them. Similarly, the screws might have rusted, and you would need to replace them. If there is a gap between the fasteners, you can use sealants to cover the portion and prevent leakage.
3. Sagging Gutters
In the event of incessant rainfall, gutters could become prone to sagging. Now they are generally designed in a way that keeps a slight slope for the water to flow. But the weight of excessive water could cause the gutter to bend.
Sagging could also occur due to loose fasteners, and in both cases, you will have to realign the gutter. For this, lift it up and just keep a slight slope before fixing the fasteners again. You can do it yourself or ask a friend to help out as it is mostly a two person job.
Once the gutter is in place, clean it well and remove any extra debris or leaves that might have stuck underneath. If needed, you can replace the fastener and add some roofing cement to ensure that it is sealed tightly to prevent any chances of leaks.
4. Clogged Gutters
Clogging can occur at any point in time, and they are one of the top reasons for gutter leakage. Leaves, branches, and dirt can pile up on or underneath the gutter to clog it completely. This would prevent the water from leaving and hence, it might start leaking from the sides or top.
If you have a clogged gutter, you can clean it without putting in much effort. For rain gutters, all you need to do is sweep out all the debris and clean it well. But if it is a downspout, then you will have to clean it with a leaf blower.
You might also have to take out some screws and disassemble some sections cleaning the area. Remember to install a leaf guard on top to prevent it from happening again.
5. Severe Damages Due To Bad Weather
Bad weather conditions such as storms, snow, or heavy rainfall can lead to gutter leakage. It is best to always check the gutter well after every storm to get rid of the leaves and dirt that might have accumulated. This will help prevent a clog or leak right from the get-go.
Otherwise, there could be numerous small holes in the gutter, especially if you have not been maintaining it properly. Too much rain or a storm could further worsen the damage, and you will need to clean the gutter thoroughly before applying a sealant on top.
Tips To Reduce Gutter Leakage
We always recommend checking gutters once every few months to spot any leak or damage that might have occurred. If you find them out, immediately fix them with sealant, roofing cement, or strips compatible with the existing roofing material. We will also recommend checking the downspouts once in a while to see if the water is moving freely.
Also, while working on gutters, ensure that you take proper safety precautions and wear safety gear. You will probably have to climb ladders, and hence, you should be well prepared for it. If you are not confident, then ask a friend or a neighbour to help you out.
Repairing Your Leaking Gutter
It is always a good idea to learn how to fix gutter leakage. If you know about the precautionary measures that need to be taken, you can easily minimize the risk of facing major problems with drainage. As we already discussed, occasional maintenance will help in preventing leaks after any heavy storm or rain.
We’d also suggest opting for copper when installing gutters, as it is a sturdy option and won’t be easily affected by bad weather. Since gutters are anyway exposed to external conditions, it is better to spend some extra bucks and get the best quality material available.
With this, we have reached the end of this guide, and we will soon be back with more informative reads. If you wish to add something to this one, you can let us know in the comments section below.
Until then, take care and goodbye!