Gutter Cleaning and Care
Clean gutters are important to keeping your foundation safe, so learn to clean and repair them with help from home improvement expert JoAnne Liebeler.
Patching holes doesn't take much skill or expertise, but you do need to be comfortable working from a ladder.
What You'll Need:
- 8- or 12-foot stepladder
- Heavy-duty work gloves
- 120-grit sandpaper
- Putty knife
- Roofing cement
- Sheet-metal scraps (if necessary)
- Tin snips
Step 1: Anchor your ladder securely and climb up to the gutter. Clear away debris from the leaking area. There can be exposed screws and jagged metal parts in gutters, so be sure to wear heavy-duty work gloves.
Step 2: If the hole is small, a smattering of roofing cement ought to do the trick. If there's rust, sand the area, wipe away the particles with a rag, and use a putty knife to apply the cement. (Only use cement when it's warm enough outside for it to be malleable.)