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How do you stop a gutter from leaking?

This is not as easy of a question as it might seem.  It depends on where the gutter is leaking.  If it is leaking from the bottom of the gutter or front, replacement is usually best.  However you can put a patch on it but the sealant is very important.  Silicone sealants will not last.  You can buy gutter sealants at your local store but they are normally a form of silicone.   They may be better but not as good as we can get.  We use an elastomeric aluminized self-leveling nitrile sealant.  If the leak is at corners an end caps, it is normally the sealant.  However the gutter may need to be re-pitched if water is allowed to back up into an area it will cause a leak or over flow.  This might also happen if the gutter is not kept clean.  If you have water coming between the gutter and the fascia of the house there are three possibilities; One is that the gutter is hung to low, Two is the flashing are missing or the wrong type and third the gutter is pitched the wrong way and there are holes in the back side of the gutter from nails or screws.  So  the way to have proper working gutters that don’t leak is to have them pitched properly, keep them cleaning, seal the corners with a proper sealant and make sure all flashing are in place and secure.  

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