Protecting Your Gutters From Ice and Snow This Winter
Ice and snow can weigh down your gutters, causing damage that can lead to roof leaks and other problems. Keeping your gutters clean and maintaining your gutters appropriately in the fall can help protect your gutters from ice and snow this winter.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
Leaves and twigs can block downspouts and cause water to backup in your gutters. When cold weather hits, this can leave standing ice and snow in your gutters. Cleaning your gutters is the best way to prevent problems during times of colder weather.
On properties where trees are few and far in between, you’ll probably only have to clean your gutters once at the end of the fall. In wooded areas and on properties with numerous trees, you may need to clean your gutters multiple times per year.
Make checking your gutters periodically part of your fall maintenance routine. Look to see whether or not there are leaves coating the inside, and watch your gutters when it rains to see if the rain overflows the gutters. If you see evidence that you gutters need to be cleaned, contact a gutter cleaning service in your area.
Trim Overhanging Branches
Trees with overhanging branches are a big problem for your gutters, but trimming trees back can help. Overhanging branches can be a major contributor to clogged gutters. When the leaves fall from the branches, this can cause your gutters to become backed up. In some cases, overhanging branches can even damage your gutters by dropping smaller branches onto the house.
Trimming overhanging branches can be delicate work because it can be very easy to accidentally drop branches on the gutters. Homeowners hoping to play it safe and avoid problems can hire a professional to trim their trees for them.
Have Your Gutters Inspected At the Beginning Of The Fall
Gutter problems can be hard to correct in winter when the cold weather has already set in. Caulking your gutters, replacing portions of the gutters and doing other repair work is more difficult when ice, snow and sleet become a problem. If your gutters need to be repaired or replaced, the best time to do so is in the fall before the bad weather begins. This way, if your gutters do need to be repaired, you can get this done before the bad weather arrives.
Work With Your Gutter Professionals
Have any questions or concerns? Working with an experienced gutter professional this fall can help protect your gutters from ice and snow in the coming seasons. To make an appointment with your gutter professionals, contact us today at 614-989-3326. We can help prepare your gutters for winter.