Get a pro! Climbing ladders to repair open gutters is a Dangerous Job.
Two-piece gutters, add-on gutter covers, gutter helmets and hoods need professional maintenance and repair. Don't attempt to repair add-ons yourself.
If you need to replace your gutters, better to get LeafGuard to last for the life of your roof.
If you have standard open gutters and they are in need of repair, these may be some of the problems you are facing:
- Clogged gutters
- Rusted gutters or downspouts
- Sagging or fallen gutters
- Spikes pulling away from your fascia
Most types of rain gutter repairs require a professional or an experienced do-it-yourselfer with proper tools.
If the rain gutters have surface rust and solder rust at the joints you might be able to sand the rust away and cover the area with rust-resistant paint.
However, if the rust is eating into the metal, then your only real solution to end leaks is to replace the gutters.
Standing water can be caused by a sagging rain gutter, or because the pitch of the gutter is wrong. If the pitch is wrong, increase the grade of your gutter to create and maintain the proper drain slope. Gutters should slope downward at least ¼ inch for every 5 to10 feet of gutter.
If gutters are sagging, it is likely that the nails holding the hangers, or the spikes holding the gutters, have loosened and pulled out. This may be corrected by resetting the nails or, if they won't hold, replacing them with screws. Sometimes hangers have outlived their usefulness and need to be replaced.
Spikes can't be replaced with screws. In extreme cases it may be necessary to re-nail the spike slightly to the side, above or below its original hole. Seal the old hole in the back of the gutter with gutter sealant.
Despite your best efforts, some gutters are beyond repair and you should consider replacing them with LeafGuard gutters. LeafGuard is the only seamless gutter with a patented design that incorporates a built-in, debris-deflecting hood that prevents clogs from forming. LeafGuard Gutters eliminate damage to your roof, siding, and foundation, and discourage pest infestations. They are made of heavy-duty aluminum that is 20% thicker than ordinary gutters and feature large, 3 inch x 4 inch downspouts, to carry water from away from your home more quickly. With LeafGuard Gutters you can Get It and Forget It!