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Leaks in your gutter should be tackled immediately before they cause further damage to your home. Waiting to address this problem can cause issues with the exterior wall and compromise the structural stability of the foundation.

It should only take a few minutes to repair a leaking gutter.

Find the Location of the Leak

Debris buildup can cause standing water in the gutters, which can result in the rusting of the system’s seams and joints. Make sure to remove all dried leaves and debris from your gutters so the standing water can freely flow through the downspouts.

Addressing Holes and Cracks

Ensure your gutters are clean and free from debris. Sand the rust, and use rust-preventing spray on the affected area. Take a piece of roof flashing that’s bigger than the hole, coat it with roof cement, and lay it over the hole. Evenly cover the top of the patch with roof cement, and allow it to dry.

Repair the Seams

Caulking or applying roof cement should fix leaking, rusting seams. The area should be completely dry before caulking. Sand away the rust, and spray the surface with rust-prevention paint. Apply a bead of caulk along the seam, and smooth it into a straight ribbon using your finger. Do this project when it’s not forecasted to rain for at least 24 hours.

To ensure your gutters are handled and fixed properly, it’s best to leave repairs to professionals. Consider replacing your gutter system if it’s old or has serious damage. Further, you can improve your system’s protection against harsh elements by investing in the best gutter guards. At Gutter Helmet® of Piedmont, we install the industry’s most trusted gutter guards. Give a call us at (800) 824-3772, or complete our online form to get a free quote. We cater to homeowners in Charlotte, NC.