How to restore the gutter when it is down?
Causes of a gutter leak
If you find a leak in your gutter , start by identifying the cause . It can be a simple dislocation of elements or a connection because of a simple gust of wind . It is also possible that the connection comes off or the solder gives way . The infiltration of a gutter can also come from a damaged joint that must be changed quickly. Finally, it can be caused by a hole in the gutter or by a roof fault during the installation of the cover.
Sealing a pierced gutter
When repairing a faulty gutter , it is essential to make the necessary arrangements for work at height, including the wearing of appropriate safety equipment. Before handling, remember to clean the trough with trichlorethylene or methylated spirits. If the hole in your gutter is of a reasonable size, you can plug it temporarily. To do this, begin by sanding and degreasing the area to be worked . Then, using a spatula, coat it with special cover putty . Let dry for 24 hours.
Repair a zinc gutter
To repair a pierced zinc gutter , you can choose from the following methods:
How to protect a gutter?
To ensure a long life to your gutter, you must maintain it regularly, and also protect it against the weather and the different aggressions. Here's how.
The conduit protector
This semi-cylindrical shape device withstands temperature variations, shocks and also detergents. The duct guard protects the gutter descent from pressures exerted from outside. It installs quite easily on the pipe.
The gutter guard
The gutter protects you from having to regularly remove dead leaves that pile up in your gutter . All you need to do is place a perforated screen, also called " stop-leaves " or " grid-leaves ", along your gutter. This device, both simple and affordable, prevents clogging of your gutter downspout. It also protects effectively against snow and ice. The gutter guard is available in rigid tube , roll and grid. It is easily installed with snap hooks.
You can also use another equally effective device: the crapaudine . This prevents branches, leaves and other debris from entering the gutter. It also optimizes the flow of rainwater on the roof of a house. In addition to being resistant, the crapaudine does not rust. To avoid creating a plug of materials in the pipe, that is to say products that accumulate in the gutter, remember to regularly empty the thrust pad.
If your gutter is facing the street or a sidewalk, it is appropriate to install a dolphin on the gutter descent to protect it from shocks and risks of wear. It is a terminal pipe made of cast iron, aluminum, zinc or titanium-zinc fixed to the last pipe of your descent thanks to a collar.
The roll bar
The roll bar is a very sturdy metal tube to be sealed or anchored on a board in the sidewalk or pavement. It protects your gutter descent and keeps it intact.