How to Fix Leaky Gutters
Gutters are used to direct rainwater to the appropriate drainage area to avoid any damage to the house or drainage and flooding problems. However, they end up collecting all other debris that ends up falling from the roof including leaves and branches. Most homeowners tend to overlook the maintenance of gutters and over time they may develop leaks at different spots. The accumulation of branches and leaves and also snow in colder climates, is bound to contribute to leaky gutters as their structure becomes weaker over time. For those who like simple do-it-yourself projects to keep their house in the best condition. Below we will look at some useful tips on how to fix leaky gutters.
Before delving into the different ways of how to fix leaky gutters, it is essential to first note that gutters exist in two different variants. There are plastic and metal gutters available today. The fact that they are made of different materials means that they require different repair methods and equipment. Homeowners should begin by inspecting their home’s gutters to find out exactly what they are made of to determine what method to follow.
Fix Leaky Gutters – Metal
In most cases, metal gutters are the norm especially for older structures. The simplest way on how to fix leaky gutters that are made of metal is to scrape the joint and clear any debris and then dry it. Once dry, use a caulking gun to inject roofing and gutter sealant. If the leak persists then, it may require more work to repair your leaky gutter as described below.
Where the leaky gutter is not repaired by a simple application of sealant, it will be necessary to dismantle the entire gutter joint clean off the old and dried up putty and then apply a new sealant. Dismantling gutters may be problematic considering that the spike and ferrules used to hang the gutters may not pull out easily without damaging the gutters. It is then going to be necessary to replace the gutters instead of repairing them.
Fix Leaky Gutters – Plastic
Leaky gutters made of plastic, on the other hand, require less work as compared to metal gutters. Plastic gutters mainly leak around unions or joints that connect to the gutters to lead water downwards. In this case the most common cause of such leaks is the accumulation of dirt that forces the gaskets sealing the union to give way.
To fix leaky gutters made of pvc, press the pipe inwards to release the clips holding the pipe leading water down to the union. Once it releases you can check to see whether cleaning the accumulated dirt will be enough to fix the leak or installation of a new gasket is required. There are also PVC gutters that you can clean the gutter joints, then dry the pvc leaky gutter joint. You fix leaky gutter joints by applying a sealant recommended for pvc gutters. Regular maintenance will prevent leaky gutters.
Good painting preparations is the key to a good paint job. Most reputable painters will take care of preparation work before beginning the job. This is something that needs to be discussed before signing any contracts. Homeowners should clearly understand how much or how little preparation work each contractor is intending to do.
Remove all furniture from the room that is about to be painted. If furniture cannot be easily taken out, move it to the center of the room and cover it with a drop cloth.
Paint should only be applied to a clean, well-prepared surface. Any peeled or cracked paint must be removed through either scraping or sanding. Simply painting over peeled or cracked paint allows these unsightly problems to quickly reemerge. All mold and mildew on the surface should also be removed before applying new paint. Existing glossy paint should be “dulled” or “deglossed” through sanding so that a good bond between the old paint and the new paint is formed. Holes should be filled or patched. The area should be cleaned using a strong cleaner, such as a TSP, or trisodium phosphate, solution.
Primer provides a base for new paint for the paint to adhere, and it makes the paint more durable. Before painting, prime any uncoated surfaces, bare wood, repaired areas, paneled walls, existing oil-based paint, or any areas that are undergoing a significant change in color.
Before painting, unscrew and remove all fixtures and outlet covers from the walls. This will save time during the edging process.
Masking tape is commonly used to keep paint off items that cannot be removed, such as glass, built-in fixtures, door handles, and latches. An alternative to masking tape is painter’s tape. It is frequently chosen because it has lower tack than masking tape, making it easier to pull off. To keep stray paint from seeping underneath the painter’s tape, painters may try rapidly running a flat tool down the edges of the tape. This friction causes heat and melts the tape’s glue. When the glue dries, it will create a stronger barrier that is more difficult for paint to penetrate.
Article courtesy of: HomeReports.com
Two Coats of Paint Make a Big Difference
Normally, we recommend two coats of paint, the main exception being applying the same color and sheen on the existing surface. Trying to make a single coat of paint look great, especially over another color, can stretch the limits of full hiding, and the finished paint job lacks the deep, rich finish that customers want to see. With one coat of paint, it is virtually impossible not to have slight misses where the paint does not fully cover, and unsightly roller marks can show up as well.
Two Coats of Paint – Prep Work
First, let’s address the question of priming and sealing. If stains are noticeable or the old paint is cracked or flaky, it’s important to properly prepare the surfaces to be painted. Sometimes this requires a good deal of scraping, sanding and/or spackling. If you want a quality job, you need a solid foundation before painting starts. If scraping exposes bare wood or unsealed drywall, a primer coat is necessary. Primers are thinner than top-coat paints so they penetrate better, seal the substrate and contribute to improved stain blocking. If the surface to be repainted is in sound condition but just faded, marked-up, or simply in need of new color that is not too different from the original color, it’s usually fine to skip the primer application.
Two Coats of Paint Also Use Quality Paints
Open two cans of paint and they look pretty much the same, but better materials found in today’s better paints can’t be identified in the can – only on the walls.
For our customers, two coats of paint are generally the rule. Two coats of paint will always look richer and more beautiful after the paint dries. And after all, you’ve got to live with it for a long time, so you might as well really love looking at it.
Spraying makes sense for large surface areas where masking is minimal. For instance, we can spray the exterior siding of a house, then repaint the trim. This significantly minimizes the amount of masking that needs to be done. In many residences, interior spraying doesn’t save enough time to warrant its use. Where spray painting makes sense, we will let you know what the benefits may be for your home.