Winters are the time when your gutters have to face extra burden due to snow and ice build up. What safeguards can you take to prevent damage?
Quite often, the gutters get clogged, broken, or damaged during winters, and have to be replaced. However, some small precautions can help prevent winter damage and save you time and money.
1. Ensure the gutters are secure
Before the onset of the winter season and before the snowfall begins, you must check all the panels and nails to find any loose fittings. If the gutters are not tightly secured, the snow can put more pressure and weight on the gutters causing it damage.
2. Keep the gutters clear
It is important to ensure that there is no debris collected in your gutters. If leaves or other debris get stuck in the gutters, it will cause the water to get logged. In lower temperatures the water will freeze and put extra pressure on the gutters. A better option is to install seamless gutters, as it would take away the pain of unclogging the gutters time and again.
3. Clear dangling tree branches
If there are any branches dangling down from overhead trees, they can pose a threat to gutters in case of snow storms or gusty winds. So, get the dangling branches cut before the season begins. Rather than doing the task on your own, seek the services of a professional.
4. Check the insulation in your home
Improper ventilation can cause heat to escape from your house into the exteriors causing the ice to melt. You can prevent damage to your gutters and prolong their life by improving insulation in your home.
5. Keep downspouts aligned properly
Even if the gutters are in good condition, but the downspouts are not aligned properly, the water will leak down the sides of your house and accumulate around the foundation. This frozen water can damage the foundation.
6. Hire a professional guttering company for maintenance
The best thing that you can do to winter-proof your gutters is to get maintenance done from professionals just before the onset of winter. This will not only save you time and effort, but will also ensure complete protection for your gutters.
Winter-proofing your gutters may seem like a simple idea, but it takes a lot of expertise and effort to ensure that the gutters survive the winter chill. Call Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440.