Creating A Great Construction Environment

About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.

How To Repair A Leaky Gutter Joint

Construction & Contractors Blog

As a homeowner, you probably take for granted that some things just work all the time. But at some point, most aspects of your home will need some maintenance or repair. For example, the guttering that you depend on to direct rainwater away from your home could end up with a leaky joint at some point. When this happens, water will run down the side of your house and maybe even begin to pool of around the corners of your home. This guide explains how to fix a leaky gutter joint with just a few simple supplies and tools.

Step 1: Grab Some Supplies

Some of the things that you will need to repair a leaky gutter joint include items you probably have in your garage or shed. These items include:

  • gutter joint fasteners
  • scrub brush
  • bucket
  • dish detergent
  • caulking gun
  • silicone caulk
  • utility knife

Step 2: Pull the Gutter Joint Apart

If the gutter joint is held together with fasteners, use your fingers to loosen them and pull them off. Then using both hands, slide the gutter joint (the elbow-looking piece) away from the structure until you have only the piece connecting the roofline guttering to the downspout in your hand.

Step 3: Clean the Connecting Joints

Fill the bucket with soapy water and use the scrub brush to clean the joint piece, as well as the two pieces that it connects. Look inside the joint piece to check for a large clump of leaves or other debris that might be stuck. Remove whatever you find in there with your hands. Place this piece in the sun and allow it to dry before moving onto the next steps.

Step 4: Apply the Silicone Caulk

Place the tube of silicone caulk into the caulking gun and use your utility knife to cut off the tip of the tube at an angle. Apply a thin line of silicone caulk to the inside edge of the gutter joint piece.

Step 5: Attach the Joints

Place the piece back on to the roofline guttering and downspouts. Attach the new fasteners in the same spot where you removed the old ones and tighten them down.

Check your work during the next rainfall to ensure that there are no leaks in the same spot and to ensure that you have not created any new ones. Call a roofing expert, like GRC Roofing Co., if you have any problems with these steps, and they will be able to help troubleshoot and fix the problem.


31 March 2015