If you have noticed that your home's gutters leak every time it rains, you may suspect that there may be small holes causing the leak that you could repair yourself. If so, use the following guide to finding and repairing the small holes in your home's gutters.
Step 1: Clean Out All Debris
Before you can find and repair the holes in your gutters, first clean out all of the debris. Not only will this allow you to visualize the damage, but it will also make the next step of finding hidden holes easier.
To clean out the leaves and dirt that have accumulated in your gutters, you will need a ladder, a pair of gloves, and a wide putty knife. After climbing the ladder, use your gloved hands to remove as much of the debris as possible.
Once you have reached the bottom of the gutters, use your putty knife to scrape out the remaining dirt and dust. Use care when scraping the bottom, and keep the knife at a tight angle with the gutter. If you use too sharp of an angle, you may accidentally poke a new hole in the bottom and add to the ones you have to patch.
After you have removed as much of the dirt and debris as possible, go on to the next step.
Step 2: Find the Holes
Now that you have a somewhat clean area with which to work, this next step involves finding the holes in your gutters. For this step, you will need your garden hose and someone to help you.
While you may be able to some of the holes in the gutters, any very small holes will be difficult to detect with your eyes. When you use the garden hose to run water through the gutters, you will be able to find areas that are dripping and need patching.
To find the holes, situate the ladder where the pitch of the gutters is at its highest. This is usually the point furthest away from the drain spout. Have your assistant hold the garden hose's nozzle against the bottom, and turn the water on.
Stand back away from the gutters so you can see where they are leaking. Make note of their locations, and go on to the next step.
Step 3: Fill Holes with Silicone Caulk
Once you know where the small holes are located, you can now start filling them in with a patch. For this step, you will need a tube of silicone caulk, a caulking gun, and a small putty knife.
After setting up the caulking gun with a fresh tube of silicone caulk, insert the tip of the tube in the center of each hole. Then, slowly dispense the caulk until it is slightly above the surface of the gutter's bottom.
Let the caulk set up for a minute or two. Then, use the putty knife lightly blend the caulk until it is even with the surface. Do not apply too much pressure, as this could dislodge the caulk and make you have to start over.
After you have filled in all of the holes, let the caulk set up according to the manufacturer's instructions. Then, run water through the gutters to make sure you have filled in all of the holes and to test the patches.
While going through the steps above, you may discover that your gutters have large holes or other extensive damage that need more than caulk to repair. If so, contact a company like Mr.Gutter, LLC to have a contractor assess the damage and discuss your available options for fixing your home's rain gutters.