6 Common Gutter Problems & Easy Fixes
When it comes to cleaning your gutters, we’ve got you covered. Our gutter cleaner tool makes this, once dirty and dangerous, task safe and easy. But what if you’re having other gutter problems?
For the most part your gutters stay out of sight, out of mind, but when you’re having an issue, you want to get it taken care of ASAP. Luckily, we’ve compiled a quick list of potential gutter problems and quick fixes for any gutter issue you may have.
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For a surfer, hanging loose might be pretty cool. For a homeowner, it spells danger. If a section of your gutters seems to be coming loose from its anchor, go to the hardware store and buy some fascia brackets to reattach the gutter to the side of your house. If your gutters are a little older, they likely have an older spike-style bracket that comes loose much easier. Fascia brackets will hold on tighter, for a longer period of time. This is a great, cheap, do it yourself fix; gutter problems can get a lot more complicated and expensive than this, so don’t worry over this problem, just set aside a couple of hours to fix it, and enjoy some cold ones afterwards!
That Annoying Drip.
If you can hear dripping water in your downspouts, there is an easy fix. If this is a persistent problem, tie a length of rope from the bracket at the top of downspout and let the rope dangle down the length of the downspout. This will absorb the water and dampen the sounds of drips. Be aware that this can slow the flow of gutters that see a lot of rainwater, but doesn’t pose a serious threat. Also, beware of using ropes with natural fibers as they will decay quickly.
A Damaged Section.
If a branch or something else falls and damages a portion of your gutters...freak out. Just kidding, it’s truly not a big deal either and you don’t need to replace the whole system. Most hardware stores sell sections of gutters that you can easily cut and retrofit to your existing system. Here’s an easy video tutorial (bonus: the guy has a great New Zealand accent!). See? Gutter problems aren’t that bad!
For your gutters to work as they’re designed to, each and every seal needs to be tight. It’s easy for one to come undone, but luckily it’s just as easy to fix them. If you notice a leak coming from one of your gutters, seal it up with a high quality seam sealer. Caulking the the joint from the inside will do the trick. There are plenty of products on the market, but make sure it’s been stored in a warm place, as you want it to be as runny as possible when you apply it.
If you’ve properly cleaned out your gutters but are still seeing some overflow during a heavy rain, you may want to consider changing your downspout to a wider variety. There are generally only a couple different sizes of gutters and downspouts available. If you have a particularly large roof or live in an area with a lot of trees, you may want to consider the larger options. To upgrade the size, you’ll simply need to cut a new hole and reseal it with the same product you used for the task above. Catching rain water in a barrel is also a great way to manage water runoff and you can then reuse that water to irrigate your lawn, water your garden, etc. Bam! Efficient, easy and eco friendly!
Clogged gutters is the worst. Getting on the roof to clean the gutters is a disaster and time consuming and dangerous….oh wait… not with my tool :) This is the easiest of all gutter problems. All you have to do is use the EZ Smart Gutter Cleaner a few times each season to maintain your gutters and make sure that they don’t get clogged. They get clogged from being neglected. So don’t neglect your gutters! Clean them, maintain them, and your life will be so much easier and safer. Do not get on that roof, stay on the ground, stay safe!
We hope these 6 tips for common gutter problems will be helpful for you during all seasons. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back soon for more updates from us!