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Repairing Gutter Leaks- By David Ness

Over time your gutters can begin to experience leaks, particularly if they have been on your home for several years. If you have noticed that your gutters are leaking your problem likely stems from the joints that are located between the sections of the gutter pieces. Over time, standing water can cause gutters to rust if you are using galvanized steel. Aluminum gutters can develop leaks when water begins to seep through the seams. You should inspect your gutters for any standing water or sagging occasionally to ensure that they are not developing leaks. If your gutters have begun to sag you can adjust the hangers or add new ones if necessary. Once the gutters have dried out you should brush the seams clean where the leaks are located and then apply a silicone rubber caulking compound along the leaking seam. Be sure to add the compound to both the inside and outside of the gutter seam. This will ensure that you have completely sealed the leak. You can also patch any small holes in the gutter with roofing cement. Take a putty knife and spread a generous amount of roofing cement around the hole. Make sure that the area is completely dry before you begin.

Larger holes can be repaired by covering them with patches. Using a sheet-metal patch you can embed it in roofing cement and then place the patch over the hole. Apply another coat of roofing cement over the patch once you have it in place.


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