Posted on: 9 May 2018
Copper gutters are a unique, beautiful way to finish a home. Unfortunately, the repairs that come with copper gutters are a little more complicated than traditional gutters. Here, you'll learn how to make basic repairs to the gutter seams on your copper gutters.
- Soldering iron and solder
- Extension cord
- Clean rag and warm water
Step 1: Position your ladder safely making sure that the feet are level and secure. Clean the outside of the gutter where the seam has been leaking. Wipe away the dirt using a rag. Then, sand the area using fine-grit sandpaper until the shine has been restored. All residue must be removed to ensure that the seal that you're placing adheres fully.
Step 2: Coat the area with flux, making sure that the area is covered entirely. The flux prepares the copper so that it will accept the solder. Failure to coat the area entirely will result in the solder failing.
Step 3: Run an extension cord up the ladder. Secure the end of the cord towards the top of the ladder so if you happen to drop the soldering iron, you won't have far to reach to retrieve it. Plug in the soldering iron and allow it to heat up. Once hot, position the iron at the top of the seam and add a small amount of solder. Spread the solder bead across the seam using the tip of the iron. Repeat this process until the seam has been soldered completely.
Step 4: Test the seal by pouring a bucket of water directly into the gutter where the leak was. If the seam is holding the water, you can move onto the next seam, but if the seam continues to leak, dry the area, reapply the flux and repeat the soldering process until the seam holds the water.
Step 5: Soak a rag in clean, warm water and wipe the surface clean. Allowing the flux to remain on the surface will cause it to turn the copper green.
If you don't feel confident in your ability to complete this repair safely on your own, contact your local gutter professional for assistance. Allowing that leak to continue puts your home's foundation at risk of water damage that could extend to the interior of your home. Once the repair is made, you shouldn't have to worry about it for several more years, but always monitor how well your gutter system is doing its job so you can quickly make the necessary repairs before further damage is caused.
For more information, contact a company like A-1 Seamless Gutters Inc.Share