Even if your home’s rain downspouts and gutters are well maintained, problems may arise once in a while. The good news for homeowners is that most of these gutter issues can be fixed easily and they do not require professional any skills. The following are some of the most common downspout and gutter problems and how to fix them.
Leaky rain gutter
This is the most common problem as far as guttering is concerned. When the gutter leaks what happens is that rainwater tends to sit in the gutter channel and then seep through joints between two sections. If the cause of this is standing water or sagging guttering, then you can adjust the gutter and add extra hangers to the gutter to fix the problem. To repair the leak, you should dry out the sections then clean the area using a towel or brush. You then use a silicone tube caulk to caulk the seams on both the outside and inside of the gutter.
It the leak is due to a hole on your gutter then you need to patch to repair it. Apply roofing cement to the area with the hole then patch using a metal sheet.
Over time, it is easy for the gutter to start sagging. You can check for sagging by inspecting any standing rainwater or watermark inside your gutter channel. If you realize a problem, you can use a 3-foot level to check the slope angle of the gutter. For every ten feet of guttering, you should have a quarter inch slope. If there is a need for making any adjustments, you can adjust or add gutter hangers.
Another common maintenance problem is with downspouts which get disconnected from the gutter or break loose. Fixing this problem is easy and takes a short time. You need to metal screws and a drill. Push the downspout back together then drill small holes into the two pieces. Screw the metal screws through the downspout pieces. Don’t use long screws as they can cause debris inside your downspout to clog.
Overflowing rain gutters
This problem is usually due to clogged gutter or downspout. Fixing this problem require that you clean out the area where the clogging occurs. In some cases, it can be due to having a small gutter to handle rainwater. In such a case you need to install a larger rain gutter.
Pooling water near the downspout
To prevent rainwater from pooling around the home and downspout, ensure it runoff well into the driveway or yard. Use a downspout extension or a flexible tubing to fix this issue.
These are the simple ways of solving these issue and ensuring your gutter and downspout work well.