How-To: Patch a Gutter Leak


Unless you live in a perpetually dry desert where it never rains, I bet you enjoy an occasional rainstorm pounding on your house. It's all fun and games and cozy on a Friday night, when you've got nothing to do but watch a scary movie. That is, unless you've got a leaky gutter that leaves your house with water damage. If that's the case, you'd better pull your ladder out of the garage and plug that leak. Then, get back to your Netflix. You'll need just a few supplies, including a ladder (high enough to reach the gutter), some steel wool, metal flashing, asphalt flashing cement or gutter patch, caulk, and disposable plastic gloves.
To be home schooled on how to seal up your gutter, read more.

Here's how, from Barbara K!:

  1. First things first. Make sure your ladder is secure, and ask someone to spot you if you can.
  2. Then, clean out the gutter of leaves, twigs, and other debris. A small broom or scrub brush should do the trick.
  3. To prepare the gutter to be patched, you'll want to scrub the inside of it surrounding the leak with your steel wool.
  4. Then, trim the metal flashing a little larger than the area you need to patch.
  5. Put your disposable gloves on.
  6. Now, to patch the leak, coat the back of the metal flashing with asphalt flashing cement or gutter patch using a putty knife, and press it into place firmly.
  7. Smooth off any excess adhesive using your finger (still wearing gloves).
  8. Test the patch by pouring water onto where the leak was. It should be fixed. If not, run through the steps again, and make sure you're not missing any other leaks.

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