Proper Winter Home Gutter Care
Make sure to take proper winter home gutter care of your home as these are often neglected yet play an important part in properly draining water to avoid roof leakage and foundation flooding.
Why You Should Take Care of Your Gutters This Winter
We recommend keeping the gutters in good condition all year round, but especially during winter. Before the temperature begins to drop, have a professional inspect your gutters. During fall, leaves and twigs can clog the system. If this happens, water will can get trapped in the gutters and freeze, which may result in ice dams.
In addition, the combined weight of the debris and the ice that are stuck in the gutters can cause your gutters to sag, pull away, or even to fall. This can be dangerous, as anyone walking underneath the gutters could get hurt. A broken gutter will also mean you’ll have to replace it soon or you might end up with water damage all over your home.
Steps in Cleaning Your Gutter
Before it begins to freeze, rid your gutters of debris to avoid clogs. Here are the steps in cleaning your gutter:
● Keep safe. Always wear rubber-soled shoes before climbing up a ladder to avoid slips. Wear protective gloves. Check the ladder and make sure it’s in good condition. You will also need a scoop.
● Remove debris. Leaves, twigs, acorns, dirt, and other debris can get pushed into your gutter by snow or ice. That’s why you should scoop in all out before the first snowfall. Clogs inside a downspout will be much harder to remove. You can use pressurized water to push down the debris from the downspouts. Make sure there’s a trash bag or a bucket ready to catch the debris below at the end.
● Inspect the gutters. Make sure that there are no leaks, dents or rust. Moreover, check if there are any parts of your gutter system pulling away from your home.