How To Repair Gutters & Rusted Down Pipes
When it comes to replacing the guttering and down pipes yourself there are a few things to consider before starting a DIY gutter replacement. First thing to check is the fascia which the guttering attaches itself to. This can often rot away when the gutters and down pipes have been clogged up for long periods of time, causing water to overflow behind the gutters and onto the fascia board.
The picture above shows clearly what takes place if the guttering is not maintained and regularly cleaned before the rainy seasons in Adelaide, SA.Getting the gutters repaired can often cost far more than keeping the gutters clean and maintained by a professional gutter cleaning company.
If the fascia board is not rotten, then gutter repairs will be a lot easier compared to having to remove the old rotten fascia and then replace it. So keeping up to date with the gutter cleaning will save you lots of time and money in the long run.
When you have the correct tools and ladders setup to remove some old rusted guttering, find the last bit of rust and corrosion along the gutter line by tapping it gently with a hammer until you can feel the solid metal once again. Cut off the rusted section with a new hack saw blade. When buying the replacement gutters buy quality materials as this will save you money and time in the long run.
Tiled properties, are easier if you also push up a row of tiles to give more room to cut away the old guttering. You can also use tin snips to cut the corners and more enclosed parts of the gutters. Pushing up a row of tiles is quite easy when you know how.
Simply raise the front end and gently push up. They be a bit stiff but keep wiggling the tile until you feel it moving upwards. Make sure you are not resting on any surrounding tiles that will put pressure on the roof tile you are trying to move.Keep in mind that gutters are not very strongly attached so do not use to much force otherwise you may pull out your gutters completely and have a larger gutter repair bill to pay.
How To Guide On Gutter Repairs & Replacement
When you have the tiles pushed up, its almost time to start replacing the gutters and down pipe. Put the gutter replacement parts together but do not pop rivet them yet. Check to see if all the parts fit in correctly where they are supposed before replacing sections of the guttering. It is also a good idea to paint the replacement parts for the gutters before installing them, which will prevent over spray of the paint onto the surrounding building premises.