How to Fix a Hole in Your Eaves Trough

What You'll Need
Waterproof silicone caulking
Caulking gun
Tin snips
Metal flashing
Putty knife
Roof cement
Paint brush
Disposable gloves

You may think that a small hole in your eaves trough is nothing to be bothered about, but if you do not take the steps to correct the problem right away, it could lead to larger and more expensive repairs. A leak in the eaves trough can cause the fascia boards to rot and it could even lead to a leak inside your home when it rains. Inspecting the eaves trough is part of regular maintenance on your home; do it each autumn as you prepare the home for the coming winter weather.

Step 1 – Inspect the Eaves Trough

Choose a day to work when the weather forecast does not predict any rain. Climb the ladder so that you have a good view of the eaves trough. You will have to move the ladder along the house to make sure you get a good look at the full gutter. Give the eaves trough a thorough cleaning. Leaves and other debris collect can lead to leaks and cause holes to develop. Use the garden hose to wash out the trough and to check for leaks. The smallest pinhole may not be apparent to the naked eye, but if there are such holes, water from the hose will leak through.

Step 2 – Repair Any Holes

When you find a hole in the eaves trough, apply the waterproof silicone caulking to the affected area. Insert the tube of caulking into the gun and squeeze the trigger to apply the amount of caulking that you need. Use a paper towel to smooth the caulking over the hole and around the edges so that you won’t have a noticeable bump. The caulking will also adhere to the eaves trough better. Let the caulking dry for at least 24 hours. Repeat this process along the length of the eaves trough for all holes that you find.

For larger holes in the eaves trough the process may be a bit more difficult, especially if you have metal gutters on your home. In this case, you will have to cut out the piece that is damaged and replace it with a piece the same size. Use tin snips to cut out the damaged piece and fit in a piece of metal flashing. Make sure you wear disposable gloves. Using a putty knife, apply a liberal amount of roof cement to the edges of the piece that you want to fit in place. Spread it out evenly and around the edges of the eaves trough. Press it firmly in place, smoothing out any cement that eases out as you do so.

Step 3 – Paint the Caulking

Once the caulking has thoroughly dried, you can recheck to make sure that you have solved the problem of holes in the eaves trough by running water from the garden hose. When it is dry, you can then paint it to match the color of your home or the color of the rest of the trough.