Got Rain Gutters? Tips To Care For Them During The Winter Months

Posted on: 23 February 2017

You have likely maintained your gutters throughout the year, and fall maintenance is the most important thing to do before the snow arrives. Even if you did this work, your gutters can still have problems in the winter. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep the gutters maintained before they start having problems. Below is some more information about this so you can save money.

Keep Up with Cleaning

Even if your gutters were free from debris at the start of winter, you still need to keep an eye on them throughout the season. This is especially true if you live in an area that gets constant snow and freezing temperatures. When you have a lot of snow on a roof along with debris, such as dead leaves and small sticks, when the snow melts this debris flows down into the gutters. Over time, this can build up and result in structural damage.

On a nice day, use a steady ladder to allow you to climb high enough to see your gutters. If you see any kind of debris, you can use a gutter scoop or a garden trowel to remove it by hand. If there is a lot of debris, use a pressure washer to get the debris out. If there is debris that is stuck on, use a plumber's snake to dislodge the clog. Take time to inspect all your gutter system, including paying close attention to the corners.

Check the Seams

While you are inspecting your gutters, make sure they are securely attached to the fascia. You should see no gaps anywhere. If you do, use gutter spikes to attach the gutters back to the fascia again. If there are gaps, the gutters cannot do their job and the water will flow over the side of the gutters, which could then get into your attic and cause damage. Gutters that are not firmly attached become weaker so are more likely to fall completely if they become filled with debris.

Inspect the Downspouts

Downspouts are important because they direct the water coming out of the gutters away from your home, such as to a ditch nearby or a storm drain. If you have the gutters directed to a rain barrel, you should remove the downspout from the barrel until the weather warms up again.

If you do not want to inspect your gutters on your own, contact a roofing contractor in your area, like Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters, to do this work for you.