One feature most homeowners tend to ignore and rather conveniently at times, are the gutters, which are actually quite an important element in keeping the house safe from water damage. The gutter is possibly the most unappreciated yet important element in the house; if your gutter does not function properly your property will be liable to some serious damage. A clogged gutter will start to rust if it is made of metal and eventually breakaway; the weight of the debris can force the gutter loose; blocked drains will eventually overflow into the ground and then seep into the basement. All of these problems will bring bigger problems, which is why this article focuses on how you can avoid problems by repairing your gutter in a timely fashion.

Simple gutter repairs can quite easily be performed by homeowners with the help of the broad guide given below.

Start out by inspecting the damage and assessing what needs to be done; of course it goes without saying, if you cannot handle it, by all means call in a professional. Once you have finished, organize your project properly and get your tools together. Buy the replacement parts you will need, having first taken appropriate measurements. Buy a few extra pieces, you can always store them away for future use and it will save you the hassle of running down to the store in case, while repairing, you find some other piece is loose and needs replacing.

Gutters that are being fitted today are plastic ones mostly, which can be snapped together quite easily. This kind of gutter repair and replacement job is a breeze and should not take very long to finish. Make sure that you fit the replacement pieces together real tight and inspect the joints after the first rainfall to make sure draining is happening as it should.

If the downspout is leaking you need to first remove the leaking portion; then clean out the caulk or adhesive; to do this use a wire brush. If you have a PVC or vinyl gutter you may need to replace the rubber gaskets. Now apply silicone caulk to one joint and fit the pieces of the gutter back together again. Use new fasteners or connectors to reattach the gutter pieces together again.

If the gutter railing is leaking you will need to first clean the area with water and a wire brush and let the area dry thoroughly. Next use sandpaper, the coarse kind to sand the area and cover the hole with plastic roofing cement. Spread the cement for a circumference of at least 3 inches all round the hole. If it is a large hole, use a piece of sheet metal to cover it, pressing it into the cement and covering the edges of the metal piece with cement to hold it in place.

In order to avoid the unpleasant task of repairing and cleaning your gutter, it is always a good idea to inspect your gutters periodically. Make it a point to check after a heavy fall of rain, to see where the water is pooling and to find indications of leaks in the drain. Attend to any leaks or damage immediately rather than leaving it for later. However, no matter how hard you try to maintain your gutters in good condition, a DIY homeowner should always have basic gutter cleaning tools in order to be able to make them function properly after a powerful rainstorm.