Guttering repairs

Many homeowners don’t know much about guttering, when to repair it or the types of repairs. In this article we will go over a few of these things to educate you. We will discuss:

  • What to check before replacing a gutter union
  • Overflowing guttering
  • Guttering not level

These are some basics that are helpful to know as a homeowner. We have tried to explain them as simply as possible for someone who is unfamiliar with guttering.

What to check before replacing a gutter union

The most common repair is replacing a plastic leaking gutter joint. This is usually called a gutter union. The joints on a good quality guttering depending on the shape can last from five to twenty years without dripping. When they do drip, it’s a good idea to replace them with a matching joint rather than attempt repairs. Before you do this though you should check for these things…

-    First of all you should check the union is clipped correctly to the guttering. Occasionally they are unclipped at the back due to error of the installer, or if the gutter has been moved so that it doesn’t sit on the rubber gaskets completely. You can correct these issues by reseating the joint and clipping it before testing it with water.

-    Secondly, you can inspect the joint and check if it has sagged through a lack of support. This makes a dip which holds water and also spraggs the rubber gaskets. If it hasn’t sagged, then you should place a mug of water in the joint and lift it until it is level. If the joint now stops leaking you should screw it to the fascia. There is a fixing point in unions and they should be used.

Overflowing guttering

Usually the first thing a homeowner notices about a gutter problem is water pouring over. Most often this creates a noise while you are trying to sleep or leaks on you as you leave your house. You should first check the gutter outlets aren’t blocked. You do this by inspecting the junctions where the downpipes meet the gutter and checking for mud, balls, plants and other things stopping the water draining away. You should also check for dirt in the guttering. If there is a lot, you should clean it out and test the gutter with water. If the problem still isn’t solved check the pipes aren’t blocked.

Guttering not level

After you have checked for blocked dirt and outlets and the guttering is still holding visible water, then you have poor gutter alignment. Each bracket should have a slight fall, or worse be level until it gets to the lowest part of a gutter run, the outlet. The installer should of ensured a constant fall so the water runs away and cleans itself at the same time. If this doesn’t happen then water can build up quickly, overflowing in one or more locations. This puts a burden on any gutter joints and shortens their life as the water freezes when it comes to winter. Then it expands and adds lots of unnecessary weight.

There is a lot more information about gutters but here we have covered the basics needed for a homeowner. We hope this article has been helpful in educating you about your gutters. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask us, we will be happy to help.