Over time, gutters can shift and/or wear down, causing a leak. Because a leaking gutter can cause damage to the sides or even the foundation of your home, it shouldn’t be ignored. Luckily, most leaks can be fixed with just a few tools and a dry, sunny day. Here’s what you’ll need to seal your gutter:
What you’ll need to seal a gutter:
- Garden hose
- Utility knife
- Clean cloths
- Wire brush
- Silicone caulk
Locating the Leak
- To locate the leak in your gutter, turn your hose on and aim it at the bottom of your roof so that it fills up your gutters.
- After several seconds, turn the water off and pay close attention to your gutters.
- Notice where the leak is and set something on the ground to mark the location.
Sealing the Problem
- Once your gutters are dry, use your screwdriver to disassemble the gutter joint by unclipping the joint clip and removing the gutter length.
- Next, remove the adjacent gutter length so you have clear access to the joint clip.
- Using a clean cloth, wipe away any dust and debris from the area.
- If there is any caulking material left on the sides, use your utility knife to cut it away.
- Next, if you see any rust, use your wire brush to scrape the area clean.
- After that, apply your silicone caulk around the edges of the gutter profile.
- Reassemble the gutter joint and make sure your joint clip is securely back in place.
- Use another clean cloth to wipe away any excess caulk from the area.
- Let dry completely.
- You can test out your work by running the hose again in the area of the repair and making sure the leak is gone.