How to Repair a Leaking Gutter

What You'll Need
Silicone Cement or gutter patch
Wire brushes
Silicone caulk
Sheet metal (flashing)

A leaking gutter is a very common thing and this can cause a lot of damage and create many problems. The gutters are designed to keep the rain water away from the foundation of your house. When it rains the water pours down the side of your house and the gutters channel this water properly and away from your house. When the gutter is damaged or it is leaking, this water can flood the basement of your house or even the water can seep into the foundation of your house and damage it. To avoid such miseries it is best to repair a leaking gutter and you can do it by yourself very easily.

Step 1: Leak in the Downspout

A leak in the downspout is a very common thing and it can be fixed very easily. In case of PVC or rubber gutter, remove and replace the gasket properly. The rubber gaskets are easily available in the market and can be replaced very easily.

Step 2: Repairing the Downspout

First you have to remove the portion of the downspout that is showing a leak. Now use the wire brush to clean that portion of the downspout and remove the old adhesive or caulking completely. Clean the joints properly; otherwise the leak will persist even after repairing it.

After it is clean, apply adhesive or silicone caulk on the joint. Apply it evenly and cover the entire joint properly. Now place the gutter back together with the new fastener and connector. Reattach the gutter properly and allow the silicone caulk to dry. In this case it is better to dissemble the gutter system and then proceed with the repairing. By doing so, you can repair the connectors properly. 

Step 3: Repairing a Leak in the Gutter Railing

The gutter railing may develop a hole and thus leak. The hole can be mended easily and requires a little effort. You have to clean the hole using the wire brush and make sure loose particles and leaves are not present in the hole. If necessary wash it with water and allow it to dry.

Use a sand paper to remove any loose particles from the hole. You can also use steel wool for scrubbing the hole. Apply roofing cement on the hole after mixing it properly. Apply the cement at least 3-4 inches around the hole. This ensures that the cement will not come out of the hole easily.

Step 4: Large Hole

In case the hole is large, covering it with cement is just not enough. In case of bigger holes the cement will come out easily and the repair will be just temporary. For fixing the hole properly, use flashing. After applying the cement put a metal flashing on the cemented area and press it down. On the top part of the flashing, smoothen the cement and make the surface smooth.