Your Gutters may seem like a fairly unimportant part of your home, but they protect the building from large scale damage. Faulty Gutters can leak, causing water to seep into the walls or your basement instead of draining away harmlessly. In spite of their importance however, Gutters are largely under appreciated and most homeowners forget to take proper care of them, which results in widespread damage to them and by extension, your home. If your Gutters are in trouble and in dire need of repair, our first suggestion would be to call a good gutter repair service provider that can do a professional job. However, in case you can’t reach one immediately, here are some stopgap repair tips to see you through until you can. However, make sure you do get in touch with a professional service provider ASAP, because no matter how good you are around the house, you cannot match their quality.
If your downspout is clogged and you should first try to free it, first using water from a hose and if that does not work, using a straightened wire hangar or something similar. If you feel the downspout has to be replaced, cut a length of pipe to length and then place it on the downspout section that needs to be repaired. Then use a drill to punch a hole through the regions where the pipes overlap and attach them with a sheet metal screw.
Sometimes, part of your gutter will wear out and you will need to patch it. To do that, first you need to remove all dirt and debris with a scoop and even a sandpaper if the area is rusted. Then, attach a piece of fiberglass mesh to patch up the gutter on the inside and use more cement to make sure the patch holds firm.
Sometimes your Gutters may sag. This means you need to replace the hangars. Strap hangars are slightly easier to replace. All you have to do is remove the old hangars, then attach the lip to the edge of the gutter and using roofing nails to secure the strap to the underside of the roof.
Hopefully these tips will help you hold your house together for a while, until the professionals take over. However, and this bears repeating, very few people can do a better job than the professionals when it comes to gutter repair. There are plenty of craftsmen who can do brilliant work, so your patchwork shouldn’t really need to last more than a few hours or days.