You may not realize it, but frozen gutters could cause quite a bit of damage to your home. Once your gutters freeze, they can no longer appropriately drain water away from your property. This could lead to water damage, leaks, and many different water-related issues. Here’s how to avoid frozen gutters this winter.
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is an essential step to prevent all kinds of issues. Gutter cleaning is especially important if you have many trees surrounding your home. Leaves are the number one culprit of clogged gutters. So, it’s important, especially in the Fall, to keep those gutters clear of leaves and twigs. The best time of year to clean out your gutters is towards the end of Fall, after most of the leaves have fallen off the trees. However, it’s never too late to clean them out if you suspect an issue.
Salt Your Gutters
Using gutter-safe salt (not the rock salt you use on your driveway), sprinkle a thin layer in your gutters after cleaning them. This will help prevent ice buildup when the freezing temperatures hit.
Make Sure Your Gutters Are Sloped
A gentle slope is necessary for your gutters to enable a proper water flow to your downspouts. Flat gutters will clog frequently.
It’s important to have your roof and gutters inspected by a professional roofing company every few years. The best time to have your roof and gutters inspected is in the Spring so that you can prepare for the cold and rainy months ahead. Be sure to have them thoroughly inspect your gutters and identify if updates are necessary.
Whether your gutters are clogging or not, you should always ensure your home is properly protected with a homeowner’s insurance policy that works for you and your family. Give us a call today to get the proper coverage.