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Gutter leaks should be fixed as soon as possible. Left unattended, the water flowing out of the leak might seep into your home’s foundation and compromise its structural integrity. Today, Gutter Helmet® of Northern Minnesota explains how to patch a hole in your gutter.

Find the Source of the Leak

Inspect your gutters to pinpoint the source of the leak. Clogged gutters could be the culprit behind water overflowing, meaning you don’t have to worry about patching a leak. Regardless of whether there’s a leak or not, remove all debris from your gutters to ensure water flows to the downspouts.

Here’s a tip: the seams where sections of the gutters meet are your gutter system’s biggest vulnerability. Over time, the combined weight of rainwater and foliage might cause the seams to pull apart, creating gaps through which water can leak out. Keep an eye out for patches of rust as well.

Plug Gaps and Seal Cracks

If the seams are pulling apart, apply a sealant after cleaning your gutters and letting them dry. For bigger holes and cracks, sand the rusty patches, spray an anti-rust solution, and cover the hole using a piece of roof flashing and cement. Make sure the piece of flashing is an inch larger than the hole. However, to plug larger holes, you might need the help of a gutter protection service and repair company.

Safety First 

When attempting DIY repair work, always prioritize your safety. Avoid doing work in inclement weather and never set your ladder against an uneven surface. In cases involving extensive gutter damage, it’s best to let the professionals handle the repairs.

Looking for a qualified gutter contractor in your area? 

Gutter Helmet® of Northern Minnesota offers gutter repair and gutter protection service options.  For inquiries, you can call us at (800) 824-3772 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Culver, MN, and the surrounding communities.