With the freezing temperatures fast approaching and the thought of snow and ice on the mind, homeowners are beginning to think about their gutters and how to prevent them from freezing. Freezing gutters can lead to ice dams on your home, which can in turn lead to leaks in your roof and water damage. Icicles can also form, which may look pretty, but they can be dangerous to you and your family.
Taking simple steps to tend to your gutters can help prevent the damages caused by frozen gutters.
Make Sure Your Gutters are Cleaned
We have all been guilty of putting off cleaning our gutters or thinking it isn’t important. But once all of the leaves have fallen and the snow starts to come, soggy leaves and other debris will block water and allow it to pool, which will freeze and cause even more problems. Clogged gutters are the number one culprit of ice dams. Ice dams can cause your gutters to detach and lead to a snowballing effect of damages to your home. Be proactive and clean your gutters before the first freeze of the winter!
Properly Slope and Size Your Gutters
Make sure your gutters are properly slopped. Having the right gutter slope will allow water to drain through your gutters to your downspout instead of having the water sit there and freeze. You can adjust the slope of your gutters to avoid the ice buildup caused by poor drainage. The sizing of your gutters also matters. If gutters are not sized properly, water will not drain quickly enough. It’s best to contact a professional to see if your gutters are properly sized and sloped for your home.
Remove Snow From Your Roof
Living in Minnesota, or most places in the Midwest, we get blizzards every year. It is something we have to get used to, even though every year we ask ourselves, “Why do I live in Minnesota?”
With all of the snow storms, the snow starts to build-up, leaving you with a lot of snow on the ground and on the roof. Having a lot of snow on your roof can weaken the roof and cause water damages in your home. Prevent water damages and save your roof by calling our snow and ice removal services. Just give us a call and we will send a team member to remove any snow and ice from your roof.