Gutters endure a great deal of stress from the environment. From severe storms to branches and twigs falling on them, they have to withstand a lot of abuse. It is only natural, then, that they may develop holes. These holes may be created by a long list of events, from falling branches to rust. Fortunately, they can be easily patched.
Although patching a hole in your gutter system is a relatively easy task, it is one that you need to do as quickly as possible to prevent the hole from getting any larger. By following these simple steps, you can quickly restore your gutter’s functionality.
- Put on leather gloves and safety goggles to protect yourself from debris and metal that may come out of your gutter.
- Clear any debris out of the gutter. A plastic gutter scoop will allow you to do this with ease, as it is flexible and will conform to the shape of your gutter.
- Use a stiff-bristle wire brush to clean the gutter. This will remove any mold, built up dirt, and other substances.
- If the hole has rust around it, remove the rusted metal with aviation snips.
- Using roofing cement and a metal-repair patch, cover and seal the hole. When choosing the patch, make sure that you purchase one that is made of the same material as your gutter system. For example, aluminum patches should be used for aluminum gutters. This will prevent electrolytic corrosion, which occurs when two metals are in contact.
Patching holes in gutters is a relatively simple task; however, it is certainly not something you want to make a habit. To defend your gutters and downspouts, you may want to invest in the Leaf Slugger gutter protection system. This system not only strengthens and shields your gutters, it manages the flow of water and protects your home against water damage, mold, and other hazards.