How to Repair Gutters Sagging
Constant heavy downpours, a thick layer of mineral grain deposits, improper installs and even winter ice slides can all cause
the sagging of gutters.
Ideally, clip hangers
are installed that prevent unwanted bending of the edge contour.
They are designed to release with weight. To re-attach, the outer edge of the gutter
is popped back on. This saves the gutter.
Many times gutter nails
crawl loose, which calls for another repair;
1) Tap the loosened nail head(s) back in with a hammer, pointing any completely removed tips back in their holes.
This should be done from a ladder.
2) Produce a gutter hanger (1/4" nut head) and these are normally at 5" depth.
3) Rotate the hanger to effect a retainer between the hanger hook, and the outer gutter.
The drip edge could have to be lifted, to push the fold onto the gutter wall - noting that the picture illustrates a high drip edge,
not uncommon toward the ends of gutter runs.
Place the fold over the gutter edge - which may or may not be feasible depending on how high the drip edge happens to be from the top of the
gutter, and whether it gives with any flex.
If space will not allow this, screw the folded side doubled up.
The hanger screws aren't necessarily intended for penetrating metal and drilling small pilot holes will help to
initiate the penetration.
Mount the hangers into the fascia. Finish securing them after
they are all positioned.
4) Make sure the level slopes: at a minimum
1/16" per foot for standard gutters as it is being set. With longer runs sloped from
the middle. The load should be distributed across the hangers.