Karen Adelson - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty

There are a few common problems that occur often in rain gutters. These problems include leaking, sagging, and overflowing gutters. Some gutters even cause a pool of runoff to form in areas around the outside of the house.

The good news is that gutters are fairly easy to fix. You can complete most of these repairs yourself even if you’re not the savviest DIYer. 

Leaky Gutters

If you have leaking gutters, you should first check the joints between each section of the gutter. Standing water in the gutters can rust the steel or seep right through the seams of aluminum gutters. There are a variety of ways that you can fix this problem including:

Caulking the gutter seams

First, you should adjust the gutters and allow them to dry. Brush the seams of the gutter clean and apply caulking to the seams to seal the leaks.

Patch Holes

You should patch up any holes that can be found in the gutters with roofing cement material. Apply the mixture round the holes generously. It’s best to use the roofing cement on a warm day. If the weather is cooler, you can warm the cement to room temperature for easier spreading.

You can repair larger holes with patches or sheet metal. Apply roofing cement to the patches. Make sure the substance is applied generously over the patch so it is secure. 

Create A Dry Well

Running your spout into a dry well can be very effective if you live in a region where there is a large amount of rainfall. The well should run about 2-4 feet wide ad 3 feet deep. Alternatively, you can use a large drum or barrel (about 55 gallons). Both ends of the container should be punctured with holes and filled with rocks. Creating a downspout like this can help to keep water away from your home’s foundation. You may need to check on local building codes and regulations in order to complete this project.

Overflowing Gutters

If your gutters overflow, they can cause some serious damage to your walls and foundation. This problem can be caused by clogged gutters, sagging gutters, or the downspouts not being large enough to handle the rain runoff. 

To fix these issues, you should first do the obvious and clean the gutters out. Wider downspouts can also be installed to handle more runoff. A dry well can also be very useful in these cases. 


One of the most important things that you should do for your gutters is to perform regular maintenance on the gutters. Be sure to inspect the gutters for any issues and clean them regularly. This can help you to prolong the life of your gutters and stay away from any problems that may occur around the house.