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Leaking Roofs

Due to the melting snow and ice we are seeing right now in Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas, you might be experiencing some leaks. A leak can be a serious issue. Whether the leak is on your roof, coming through your ceilings or water coming into your basement. Some of those leaks can be easily fixed and other can cause thousands of dollars of damage before detection.

Here are a few things to look for. Let’s start from the top and work our way down.
If you are getting leaks from the roof, it is necessary to get all the snow and ice off the roof. The next step is to inspect the roof to find out where the water is leaking into the house. Common places to look are in the valley’s, around pipe vents and box vents,along the bottom of the roof and also where satellite dishes are installed. Take time to make sure there is Ice and Wearther Guard installed on the roof, and last but not least, examine the condition of the shingle. It is critical that the shingles are in good condition.

Let’s examine the causes of water leaks in the basement. To determine where the water is coming in, first examine your rain gutters and the downspouts. Improperly placed and ill-functioning down spouts can cause major problems.

This week I was called to look at a basement with water leaking in, in several areas. After examining the property is was determined the downspouts were the cause of the problem. Normally a downspout directs the water away from the house, but in this case it was draining back towards the house. The only option the water had was to run down along the foundation and into the basement. Our solution was to redo the downspout and add a splash block on the ground. This will take the water away from the house, instead of it draining back towards the house.

Anytime there is water leaking into your house, whether from the roof or into the basement, it is a serious issue. If water damage is not dried withing 48 hours the risk of mold and mildew growing jump at an exponential rate. Mold can be hazardous to your health and requires immediate attention. To help minimize costs, have any leaks examined immediately. The longer a leak is present in a home, the higher the cost associated with fixing the damage the water causes. Leaks do not typically go away on their own, if anything, they become worse over time.

I can handle all sorts of property maintanance in and around your home.

Contact me for your free inspection.

Wollman Construction


How to repair holes in you seamless rain gutter

If you have leaks in your Rain gutters, I am sure that (by this time) you are frustrated. Frustrated with the water dripping or leaking out of the gutters at places where water should not be coming out. You may have  even slipped and fallen or almost fallen on the patches of ice the leak caused.

If your gutters are leaking and there are holes in them, chances are you have steel gutters. The steel gutters are probably rusted on the inside. The holes are caused by the rust thinning the steel. The gutters start rusting when your gutters are not draining properly. With out proper drainage, water and other debris sits in your gutters, that gives the rust plenty of time to rust holes in your gutters. The majority of the time you can not tell there is a hole until the water starts dripping.

The upper Midwest is notorious for a weather cycle known as “freeze thaw”. During the winter and spring we will have periods of time when everything is frozen, followed by a warm cycle which causes everything to thaw. This cycle repeats itself numerous times. The “freeze thaw” will expose any weak spots in the gutter. The bad news is, if you only have one hole, you soon will have several more.

There are two ways to repair holes in rain gutters, both ranging in different degrees of difficulty.

The easiest way to repair the hole:

  1. Clean and completely dry the area.
  2. Use a quality caulk and fill the hole a surrounding area (about an inch around the hole)
  3. Let the caulk dry and wait for the next rain storm to test you handy work, or use th garden hose.

The more difficult way (but better option) to repair the hole:

  1. Dry and clean the area (six to eight inches away from the hole)
  2.  Cut a piece of metal to fit inside the gutter (large enough to cover the hole and about two inches around it
  3. Use a quality caulk and liberally apply it to the area
  4. Slowly place the fitted metal plate into the sealer
  5. On the outside of the gutter, use three to five screws to secure the metal plate into the gutter
  6. Apply additional caulk to seal every screw and all the edges on the new metal plate

Tip: use a piece of metal that is the same color as the gutter if possible. You can also put the metal plate on the outside of the gutter.


There are some simple things to check in order to keep your gutters in good working order.

To prevent rust through…Keep your gutters clean and make sure they are draining properly. If you want to invest more time and energy, thoroughly clean the gutters (rust and all). Clean your gutters all the way down to shiny metal. Since you’ve taken the time to thoroughly clean your gutters, go the additional mile and spray it with a quality rust-stop paint.

 I would advise a thorough check of the gutter to make sure it will be worth your time.

Thinks to look for…first, the obvious, look for weak spots that may not hold up when it is being cleaned, and make sure you have good drainage.

Here are a few pros and cons…

  • ….if you repair the leak or hole in the rain gutter. In my professional opinion, you are only putting a band-aid on wet skin. You can patch the hole, but it will eventually come off. (Typically sooner rather then later)
  • ….if you replace the gutters, then you will experience zen for many years to come.  (The average cost of replacing gutters is $650-$850)

Here are some pros and cons to fixing Vs. repair…

  • …repair is cheap and easy.
  • …replacing is difficult and more expensive.
  • …repair is something that will more then likely need annual or biannual maintenance.
  • …replacing comes with a one year warranty.

If you are going to keep living in your house for more then 3 years, I would strongly recommend replacing the rain gutters. Not only will it look better, but it will also be an advantage when it comes time to sell.

Wollman Seamless Rain Gutters



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