No matter what season comes, gutter maintenance should be one of the top priorities of every homeowner. This is especially important before winter sets in and the temperatures drop below freezing point.
Any debris and water stuck in your gutters can freeze up and disrupt water flow. Melting snow won’t have a place to go and will instead seep into your roof and cause significant structural damage. With that said, here are some things that you can do to avoid problems with clogged gutters in winter:
Have Your Gutters Inspected by a Professional Roofer
It’s a good idea to have your roof inspected by a professional roofer weeks or even months before the first snow falls since regular individuals cannot easily detect damage. Experienced roofers have the skills and tools necessary to inspect the condition of your gutters.
Upon inspection, they can ensure that your roof is sealed and ready for winter. This, in turn, will help you stay warm during the colder months and aid in reducing your heating costs. Roofers also detect any issues affecting how your gutter system redirects water. Once you’re more familiar with its current condition, you’ll be able to plan the necessary repairs for it before the issues worsen later in the season.
Clear Out Everything That Is Blocking Your Gutters
Anything that is blocking your gutters can collect water. Once the temperature drops, these pools of water will freeze, forming ice dams – accumulations of frozen water at the edge of your roof. Ice dams prevent any melting snow from draining off. This will cause water to seep into your home and inflict structural damage. It also allows mold and mildew to grow in your house.
Trim Any Surrounding Trees
If your home is surrounded by trees, it’s best to trim off any branches that hang over your roof as a part of your gutter maintenance before winter. That’s because dead leaves, twigs, and other organic matter can block the flow of water in your gutter systems. Removing them also prevents any animals and pests from building nests on your gutters and roof.
Preparing your roof and gutters for winter is better than having to repair them later on. Should you need a roofing company that you can trust, contact us today at Plumlee Construction. Visit our website to view our gutter services.