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How to Clean and Repair Gutters

Learn how to properly clean and repair your gutters with our step-by-step instructions and expert tips.

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Pre-Clean Gutters

First, climb a ladder and clean the goop out of the gutters. Pay particular attention to the downspout. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won't drain properly, and along with mildew and mud, you'll end up with sagging gutters. Tip: The decomposed leaves make great mulch or compost.

Check Gutter Spikes

Check all the spikes that are supposed to go through the gutter, through the fascia board and into the rafter behind it. It's a good idea to invest in new gutter spikes so the gutters are securely fastened once again.

Check for Leaks

Check the sources of any leaks, including holes in the gutters and cracked caulking in the seams. Use an old chisel to scrape the old caulking out and dry the area thoroughly. Use new bead silicon sealing to keep water from getting behind the gutters and rotting the boards.

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