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How to Inspect and Repair Gutters

By Benjamin Hardy
4/25/2014 10:18:28 AM

Routine gutter repair and inspection is vital to the performance of your home's water management system. Inspect for blockage, holes, cracks and sags.

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Step 1: Position the ladder.

Care must be taken when working on a ladder. Be sure that the ladder is set on solid, level ground. There should be a 1:4 ratio between the height of the ladder to the distance the bottom of the ladder is to the house.

Safely position the ladder.

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Step 2: Inspect and remove blockage.

Old matted leaves and sticks can block drainage from the gutter. Clear these blockages from the gutter. Disassemble the first section of the downspout by removing the screws or rivets that hold it in place. Give the section a shake to remove blockage. Remove the bottom elbow of the downspout and clean it the same way. Re-fasten these two sections with self-tapping screws made of the same material as the gutters.

Remove and clean the first section of the gutter downspout.

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Step 3: Inspect for and repair any holes.

Inspect the length of gutter for small holes. If you find one, cut a patch of scrap material about one inch larger than the hole on all sides. The patch should be the same material as the gutter. Clean and rough-sand the area around the hole. Use a stiff brush to spread gutter repair compound on the area around the hole. Press the patch into the compound, and then completely cover the patch with another layer of compound to make a good seal.

Press the patch into the compound.

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