Your gutters are essential in keeping water away from your house. They work hand-in-hand with your roofing system in protecting your home from the negative effects of pooled water. While maintaining your gutters is essential year-round, it is especially true during the winter when ice and snow pose a huge threat. In today’s post, gutter and roof repair experts Silver Leaf Contracting LLC shares three tips to keep your gutters and downspouts in excellent shape during winter.
1. Clear Gutters of Debris
This is one house chore that should never be ignored, especially during the cold winter months. To winterize your gutters, be sure to clear away any debris to make sure that there are no clogs before the first snowstorm arrives to ensure that snow and ice melt will drain properly. If your gutters become backed up in winter, the water can re-freeze and weigh your gutter down causing them to detach from the side of your house.
2. Use a Heat Cable
Most roofing contractors recommend that you winterize your gutters by installing a heat cable to prevent ice build-up. A heat cable specifically made for roofing and gutters helps melt snow and ice to allow for proper drainage and prevent ice dams. Ice dams can cause water to leak through your walls and ceiling, damaging your roof and potentially the interior of your home.
3. Trim Your Tree Branches
Branches that overhang over your roof and gutters will cause leaves, twigs and other debris to fall in. This material can get stuck in your gutters and downspouts especially in between seams if you have a sectional gutter system.
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