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Roofs and Components Category: Gutters

Problem:

Gutter is leaking.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Fiberglass membrane

  • Fiberglass resin

  • Pair of scissors

  • Wire brush

  • Sealing compound (in a spray can)

  • Caulking gun

  • Gutter sealant (in a caulking tube)

  • Putty knife/joint knife

  • Medium sandpaper (about 120 grit)

  • Paintbrush

  • Paint thinner

  • Rags/cloths

Solution:

 

If you see that your gutter is leaking, some service is necessary.  The gutter has obviously been through a lot of exposure to harsh outside conditions by now and proper rehabilitation of the gutter is needed.

Caution: When dealing with chemicals in products, such as sealing compound, and sharp objects, such as a pair of scissors, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.  Of course, one should not work on a roof during a storm.

Depending on the extent and location of the leak of the gutter, either one of the three (3) following solutions may be applicable:

Solution 1

If the gutter seems to have a relatively minor leak, do the following for a quick repair: 

  1. Using a wire brush, clean the corroded area of the gutter and otherwise make sure it is free of debris.  As may be necessary, apply paint thinner on the gutter with a rag/cloth to get rid of stubborn foreign substances found on the gutter, itself.

  2. Next, and per the sealing compound manufacturer's instructions, spray on sealing compound onto the area that includes the hole or tear that permits the gutter to leak rain water; the sealing compound should cover this hole or tear well.

  3. Allow the sprayed-on sealing compound to cure/dry per the sealing compound manufacturer's instructions.

Solution 2

If the joints of the gutter leak rain water, then do the following:

  1. Using a wire brush, clean the corroded area of the gutter and otherwise make sure it is free of debris.  As may be necessary, apply paint thinner on the gutter with a rag/cloth to get rid of stubborn foreign substances found on the gutter, itself.

  2. With a caulking gun, cocked with a caulking tube of gutter sealant, smoothly seal the affected joints of the gutter to eliminate the porous openings with such gutter sealant; use a joint knife or putty knife, as may be necessary, to ensure that the sealant is applied evenly and appropriately so as to plug up the holes that cause the leaks but do not otherwise cause any sort of an obstruction for rain water to ultimately channel through the gutter, itself.

  3. Allow the gutter sealant to cure/dry per the gutter sealant manufacturer's instructions.

Solution 3

If the gutter presents itself as having a serious leak as a result of a substantial hole or tear, do the following:

  1. Using a wire brush, clean the corroded area of the gutter and otherwise make sure it is free of debris.  As may be necessary, apply paint thinner on the gutter with a rag/cloth to get rid of stubborn foreign substances found on the gutter, itself.

  2. Next, with a pair of scissors, cut a piece of fiberglass membrane that is about two inches longer on all sides than that of the area of the gutter suffering from a leak. Then set this cut-to-size fiberglass membrane piece to the side for the time being.

  3. With a paintbrush, apply a thin layer of fiberglass resin over the area with the leak that is to be patched over with the cut-to-size fiberglass; follow the fiberglass resin manufacturer's instructions.

  4. Next, get a hold of the previously cut-to-size fiberglass membrane piece and place it over the area--the leaking point at the center--that has been covered with the fiberglass resin.  Make sure that the fiberglass membrane is gently padded down to eliminate any bumps or other abnormal spots; the fiberglass membrane should be left with as a smooth of a surface as possible, so as to conform with the rest of the gutter surface as much as possible.

  5. With the paintbrush again, apply yet another layer of the fiberglass resin now over this newly-installed fiberglass membrane, making sure that it extends at least two inches over the edges of this fiberglass membrane installation.

  6. Allow this fiberglass resin application to cure/dry for 24 hours or for a period as otherwise stated by the fiberglass resin manufacturer's instructions.

  7. Then, as needed, with your hands, use medium sandpaper to gently sand over the resin-applied area.

  8. Finally, with the paintbrush, apply the final layer of fiberglass resin over the newly-installed fiberglass membrane, making sure that the resin covering is level and that it extends at least two inches over the edges of this fiberglass membrane installation.

  9. Allow this fiberglass resin application to cure/dry for 24 hours or for a period as otherwise stated by the fiberglass resin manufacturer's instructions.

(Of course, these solutions generally focus on gutters other than steel/metal gutters that would be more suitable with repair materials of a metal nature, such as metal patches, including aluminum patches, etc.)

The following solutions are just a few of the most common; choose one that best applies in your situation.

Ed the Handyman

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Your Handyman Zone Team

 

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