Winter Gutter Maintenance
With the arrival of snow and ice storms comes the risk of ice dams that can damage your roof and gutter systems. Making sure your gutters are not clogged up before the winter hits is key to ensure melting snow and ice is allowed to flow freely. Gutter cleaning in winter can be difficult so you’ll want to make sure you have tools like a roof rake. If you’re experiencing roof leaks and ice damming, improper insulation and ventilation can be the culprit. Heavy snow and ice can also build up on your gutters and cause them to sag. This poses a safety risk as gutters filled with ice can empty out onto the ground below, possibly hitting people or pets. By heeding these gutter maintenance tips, you can ensure a safe, properly operating system that does its job in all seasons and even in extreme weather.
Spring Gutter Cleaning
During the rainy season, your gutters are working overtime to divert rainwater away from the home’s foundation. If clogged up, the rain will have a harder time getting through, and you’ll experience a buildup of pooling water and debris that can pull your gutters away from the home and cause other damage. Clogged gutters can also cause additional damage like home foundation issues and more; All of which make up the many reasons why gutter maintenance is so essential to the health of your home. Every spring, inspect your gutters to not only ensure they’re clean but also attached securely as well. After a severe windstorm, check your gutters once again to ensure secure attachment.
Summer Gutter Maintenance
In the summer, intense heat can really do a number on your gutters. Failing to clean your gutters from the previous spring and fall can cause leaves, twigs, and other debris to clog your gutters. Did you know these are the perfect conditions for a fire to spark? So the first line of defense is to always ensure your gutters are free from debris. When it gets hot out, your gutters tend to expand. Incidentally, this happens in extreme cold as well. This is particularly so with vinyl gutters that are in the hot sun all day with no shade. Thanks to all this expanding and contracting with the seasons, your gutters can warp over time, and even fade due to the UV rays of the sun. Having lots of trees and shrubbery around your home can help shield your gutters from the constant sun all day. Another option is to install clog-free LeafGuard® Gutters which prevent twigs and leaves from accumulating and prevent flooding or other problems.
Helping You Understand the In’s and Out’s of Gutter Maintenance
We are your trusted choice when it comes to durable, long-lasting home gutter system installations. For more advice regarding gutter maintenance tips, contact LeafGuard® of Cincinnati today. You can also request a complimentary quote.
Author: Jeff Anderson