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Flynn Do-It-Best tips: repairing gutters and downspouts

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Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012 1:19 pm

GLADWIN – Have you taken a look at your gutters lately? Water seeping from leaky seams can damage the soffit and fascia boards over time. Inspect the gutters and downspouts in the fall for loose or broken seams. Repair them if necessary with an approved silicone sealant to the dry joint areas. Be sure the gutter hangers or spikes and ferrules, which hold the troughs to the fascia, are firmly secured. Replace these if necessary. Sometimes, due to water damage, it is necessary to replace the boards in the soffit and fascia as well. Gutters cannot be attached or suspended from rotted fascia material. Gutter systems today are made primarily of aluminum or plastic. If you have an older system made from galvanized metal, some minor repairs may be made with roofing cement products. If you have a lot of holes or weak spots, however, it is time to replace the entire system. Inspect the gutters and downspouts for debris on a regular basis. “Gutter Guards” are available in a variety of styles, including hinged metal screen units, snap-in plastic sections, or rolls of plastic or aluminum. As summer sets in, be sure to check for damage to shingles, especially at the eaves, and repair as necessary. Remember the basics of roof safety: n Use a sturdy ladder leaning at a safe angle. n The ladder should project 4 feet above the eaves. n If possible, work on the gutters from the ladder. n Stay off the roof if it is slippery with water, frost or ice. n Take onto the roof only what is needed to complete the job. n Be aware of loose shingles and granules that can unsettle your footing.

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