Planning to sell your Belmont home? Are your gutters overflowing? They might have a sag preventing water from flowing properly. Here are a few tips on how to correct this? Don’t ignore this problem. You’ll pay later with rotten wood. Correct it now or face a big repair bill later. Irl Dixon
Repair Sagging and Leaking Rain Gutters to Save Money
By: Pat Curry
Published: October 8, 2010
Repairing sagging and leaking rain gutters is a simple task that can be tackled in a day.
How to fix leaky gutters
Seal leaky gutter joints and small holes using gutter sealant applied from the inside the gutter. A tube of sealant costs about $5.
Repair larger holes using a gutter patch kit or a scrap of metal flashing glued down with sealant. You’ll find patch kits at home improvement centers for about $10.
How to straighten sagging gutters
If you suspect a sag, get up on a ladder and sight down the length of the gutter. Gutters should be straight. Long gutters should have a peak in the middle to enable water to run toward downspouts at either end.
The problem area should be easy to spot. In most cases, you can simply reposition loose hangers, using a cordless drill or a hammer.
Here’s how to set stubborn sags straight:
- From the ground, prop a long, straight 1×4 or 2×4 brace under the sag.
- Get up on a ladder and remove a hanger or two near the sag.
- Sighting along the gutter, adjust the brace until the sag disappears.
- Replace the hangers. If needed, add one or two new hangers for extra support. They cost less than $3 each.
Serial remodeler Pat Curry is a former senior editor at BUILDER, the official magazine of the National Association of Home Builders, and a frequent contributor to real estate and home-building publications.
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