Patching a Corner Gutter Hole
Gutters are quite useful especially during the
rainy season. They will carry away excess water. The structure
integrity of your home will be damaged if the house does not have
functional gutters or they have issues such as leakage. Although
routine maintenance helps in keeping the gutters in shape, what
happens when there is a huge gutter seam leak? You will need to fix
it as soon as possible otherwise you will have to deal with bigger
Prepare the Area
Before placing the gutter patch, you need to
prepare the area. The best way to do so is scrub gently with a sand
paper or a steel wool softening it with water. This will prevent
excessive scrubbing that could damage the surface. Ensure that there
is no debris or rough edges before you can place the patch. Placing
the patch on an uneven surface will not solve the problem.
Prepare a Patch
This is a DIY project and since it is not a
permanent solution, you should get in touch with a professional
roofer. A replacement patch should be made from strong and durable
plastic. The more close it matches the material of the gutter the
better. You need to consider the size of the hole on the gutter to
ensure that the replacement patch is of the right size.
Apply the Patch
You have cleaned the surface and prepared your
own patch, the next thing is to apply the patch. It’s not hard to
do so but it must be done carefully to ensure the hole is covered.
You will need a sealing putty that you should firmly stick on the
‘inside’ of the patch. Then firmly place it over the hole and
ensure it covers it properly.
Ensure That the Repair Looks
Even though the repair on your gutter is not
visible to many, it’s good that it looks professional. This is the
reason you must prepare the surface and cut the right size of the
patch. Perhaps there was excess sealant putty. You should wait for it
to dry out before cutting it off carefully. Use a sharp item such as
a building trowel to get rid of the excess putty.
Test the Gutter
It would make no sense to repair the gutter
while the problem has not been fixed. You will know it’s well fixed
if you pour water on the gutter and it does not leak. Before doing
this, ensure that the sealant has completely dried out. If it’s
still wet, some leaking may still be seen.
The work of the gutters is to direct excess
water from your roof to the downspout and away. Any damage repair on
this system should be done by a professional but you can temporarily
fix it. Although repairing a leaky corner gutter can be a bit tricky
for a novice, it’s not that hard to apply a replacement patch. It
will only take a few minutes to get it professionally repaired.