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There’s a time to call a professional to handle your gutter problem, but there are also tasks you can actually learn to do by yourself. In this article, Gutter Helmet® of Eastern Shore, a local company that provides the best gutter guard systems in the industry, shares a few gutter repair tricks that every homeowner should know.

1. Loose Gutters

Spikes and ferrules used to be the norm for hanging gutters. They work great at the beginning, but the spikes eventually become loose. A common temporary fix for this is pounding them back in. However, if you’re looking for a long-term solution, you’re better off installing fascia hanger brackets. This is done by simply hooking the bracket to the fascia.

If your shingles overhang the fascia by a few inches or if you have steel roofing, you should opt for brackets with built-in screws. These typically cost more, but the head of the screw in this type of bracket stays a couple of inches away from the fascia, making its installation a lot easier.

2. Overflow

If you notice that your gutters overflow during a heavy rainfall, you may have the wrong size of downspout installed. For instance, if you have a 50-foot gutter and a 2 x 3-inch downspout, your gutters would likely overflow during a heavy rain. And in this case, you might want to consider switching to a bigger downspout like the 3 x 4-inch variety.

To replace your downspout, you first have to remove the old one. Then, use the new 3 x 4-inch drop outlet as template for tracing an outline for the larger hole. You can use tin snips to cut out the larger hole, where you would have to insert the drop outlet. Afterwards, fasten the new downspout with sheet metal screws and seal the drop outlet to the gutter with seam sealer.

3. Dirt and Debris

If small leaves and other debris easily fill and clog your gutters, you should consider installing gutter protection. The best gutter guard products usually do the job well. They keep the leaves and other debris out, as they draw water into the gutter.

In performing any of these tasks, make sure you have the proper tools and equipment. If you don’t have a sturdy and reliable ladder and most of the tools you need, it’s better and safer to hire a pro instead. 

Gutter Helmet of Eastern Shore is a locally owned and operated company. We have been providing top-notch gutter protection products and services for more than 10 years. Call us at (866) 333-8150 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve customers in Salisbury, Maryland and nearby areas.