Snow, ice, and wind can turn your holiday season into a disaster. In turn, it can chip away paint, dent your exterior and ruin your gutters. Luckily, we have compiled a list of maintenance guidelines that will protect your gutters during the worst winter weather.
Remove Debris From Gutters
A simple solution to gutter damage is routinely removing leaves and other debris from your gutters. Keeping your gutters free of clogs will have them working correctly, preventing a host of water-related problems, like overflows and basement flooding. Also, consider installing a de-icing system to ensure no ice dams will develop in the extreme cold.
Check for Structural Damage
Your gutters are important to your exterior. Be mindful of any discoloration, rotting, or other water damage. Fix any cracks or gaps in your gutters as quickly as possible to save on costly repairs in the future.
Keep Surrounding Areas Clear
It also matters how well-kept the surrounding areas of your gutters are. Prune trees to prevent branches from scraping your roof and leaves from falling into your gutters. In the winter, snow and ice can form on tree branches, causing them to crash down and collapse on your gutters.
Invest in Gutter Guards
Gutter guards are designed to prevent leaves from accumulating in the gutters and causing clogs. Not only can this protection system promote the healthy flow of water through your gutters and downspouts, ensuring runoff is effectively drained away from your home, but it also helps alleviate ice damming in the bitingly cold months.
Bring in the pros to minimize gutter cleaning and maintenance. Gutter Helmet® installs some of the best gutter protection systems in the business. Just give us a call today at (800) 824-3772 or fill out this contact form to request a free, no-obligation estimate.