Over time, gutters can wear down and it’s not uncommon to experience a gutter leak. When this happens, you only need a few tools and a little time in order to seal it up and get it back to working correctly. Here, our gutter repair experts tell you how to do it:
What you’ll need to seal a gutter:
- Garden hose
- Gutter sealant
- Caulking knife or spatula
- Piece of cardboard
- First, identify where your leak is coming from.
- Standing on the ground, turn on your garden hose and fill up your gutters.
- After a minute or so, turn off your hose and inspect the area you think may have a leak.
- Once you located it, mark it by placing something on the ground underneath it.
- If you cannot locate it, place a ladder against your house and climb up to inspect your gutter more closely.
- If your leak is small, you can use gutter sealant to cover the hole from the inside.
- Purchase a gutter sealant kits at your local home improvement store.
- Next, before you apply your sealant, make sure you remove any debris (leaves, twigs, etc.) from your gutters.
- Wipe down the inside area of the gutter where the leak is so that it’s clean and dry.
- After that, apply a bead of sealant over your hole and smooth down with a flat caulking knife or spatula.
- If there’s a gap in your gutter joint, use a piece of cardboard to force sealant into the open area.
- Let the sealant dry completely. You may want to choose a sunny day to repair your gutter so that the sealant has time to cure.