How to Repair Leaking Gutter Joints
If you own a home, you know that leaky gutter joints are inevitable. The weather will always eventually put your gutter joints in disrepair and cause them to need to be replaced or repaired. The easiest solution is to call a professional, but this can be expensive. This guide will show home owners how to repair leaky gutter joints, and give them the satisfaction of doing the home repairs to their gutters themselves.
New Connector joints
Bucket for debris
Screwdriver (most gutters will require a flat head screwdriver)
Step 1 – Inspect Your Gutters
Be sure to inspect your entire gutter before doing anything with this project. You want to make sure that it's just your joints that are the problem and not anything else as well. Take your bucket and remove any debris left in the gutter and anything that would keep you from reaching the joints when you're working on your gutter. Another reason you want to remove debris is because if you remove an individual joint it could fall down and hit you in the face. Be sure to have your protective gloves on when you're removing the debris and working on the gutters, otherwise you may end up getting cuts and blisters from the debris or the gutters themselves.
Step 2 – Install Your extenders
Take the extenders from your tools and install them on the bottom of the down spouts. This will keep water from pooling up near your house. If you repair your joints but don't have the extenders installed the pooling water can cause problems with any of the repairs you did. This would lead to further repairs being needed and in the long run would be more expensive.
Step 3 – Unscrew the ties
Next unscrew your metal ties, that are securing the damaged section of your gutter to the joints. This is going to allow you free access to the gutters that would otherwise be tied down. Make sure that you have the ties on the edges still screwed in otherwise your entire gutter is going to fall down and you won't be able to work on it. Work on individual sections at a time so you can hold them up before putting in new screws.
Step 4 – Unscrew the old joints
Take your screw driver and unscrew the old joints. Do this one joint at a time, because if you don't your gutters could fall down.
Step 5 – Screw in the new joints
Once again do this one at a time. After you've unscrewed and taken out the old joints from your leaky gutter, take your new joint and screw it into place. After you've replaced every single one of your joints one at a time, your problem should be solved.
Step 5 – Call a professional
Unfortunately calling a professional can be expensive, but if you followed the steps in this guide and your gutter pipes are still leaking then you may have to.