If you notice pooling water around the downspouts, it could be caused by the gutters sagging. You don't have to replace them, but you must fix them quickly to keep the damage minimum.
Many things cause gutter sagging over time, such as heavy waterfall, heavy winds, or leaning ladders against them. Sagging gutters can be easily be fixed by following these tips.
Prepare to Work
For this project, you need:
- work gloves
- hammer or pry bar
- wood slivers or golf tees
- gutter screws (optional)
- all-weather epoxy or exterior caulk
- gutter brackets gutter hangers, or threaded gutter spikes
- drill and metal drill bit
If you can't fix the gutters right away, secure them with gutter screws. Set a ladder on flat ground in a position to easily access the gutters but don't set the ladder against them.
Use a broom to clear debris from the gutters. Remove the old staples with the claw end of a hammer or pry bar, and attach the screws to the drill. Install the screws securely on the fascia.
Repair the Spikes
Gutters connect by spikes, hangers, or brackets. Loose or bent spikes pulling from the fascia are commonly the cause of gutter sagging. Remove loose gutter spikes with the claw end of a hammer, and buy threaded gutter spikes.
If the spikes are already threaded, try to reuse undamaged parts by pushing them back in place with a pry bar. Spread some epoxy or caulk on the inside of the holes, and screw the new spikes in the old holes. Insert wood slivers or golf tees to make a tight fit.
Detach the bolts that hold the gutter brackets, add caulk or epoxy to the hole, and then let it dry. The brackets should already have holes to use a guide for cutting new holes.
If the gutters are long, get an assistant to help hold them. Mark holes close to the old holes to prevent shifting, and slope them slightly to the downspout. A suggest slope is a quarter inch per ten feet. Insert the bolts in the holes, and tighten to secure the bracket.
Change Gutter Hangers
Use a pry bar to pull the hangers from under the roofing You may need to unscrew fasteners from the underside of the roofing material; taking care not to make holes in the roof.
Insert the new hanger on the lip of the gutter, and use a drill to fasten the other end into the fascia and under the flashing. Reinstall the fasteners in the roofing material.
Run some water down the gutters to test for pooling water and the right slope. If you don't trust your skill, the gutters are seriously damaged, or the gutters still drain poorly, contact a gutter service.