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How to Protect Your Gutters from Winter Weather

December 13th, 2021 | No Comments »

As winter approaches, homeowners need to prepare for the challenges of the season. Snow, wind, and ice can cause serious damage, especially to your home’s critical, outside structures, like gutters. Without proper maintenance, you can face common gutter problems that can be costly and a nuisance to fix.

Here are a few ways to prepare your gutters for the long winter season ahead.home in the winter time

Trim Your Trees

Even after winter begins, leaves can continue to fall into your gutters, leaving them clogged. Ice and snow can weigh down tree branches, causing them to snap and fall on your roof and gutters. Trimming the trees around your home can reduce the chances of these tragic accidents from occurring.

Get Gutter Guards

Investing in high-quality gutter guards can help protect your gutters year-round. Installing gutter guards on an angle keeps the melting snow and ice off the front of your roofline to help alleviate ice damming. These guards help protect the gutter system from breaking due to frozen clogs or too much weight.

Fix Holes and Cracks

Leaks in your gutters will divert water from the appropriate downspouts and trickle down the side of your home, causing water damage, such as rot and mold, as well as weakening your home’s foundation. Identify any holes in your gutters and repair them. You can make a patch with the same material as your gutters and install it with roofing cement. 

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home if you are not prepared. The best way to assure a smooth sailing transition from season to season is to invest in a quality gutter system. If your gutters show signs of replacement, contact Bell Seamless Gutters for a complete gutter installment. Strong, durably installed gutters are your number one defense when it comes to protecting your home this winter.

De-Ice Your Gutters This Winter

January 11th, 2017 | No Comments »

Winter has been in full force for the majority of the country for the pasDe-Ice Your Gutters This Winter t two months. Although gutter maintenance is especially important in fall and spring months, gutters should not be disregarded during winter. Winter months bring snow, sleet, freezing rain, and the inevitable ice. Although gutters are designed to catch precipitation and guide it away from your home, ice often clogs that path in winter months.

If ice is forming within your gutter causing an “ice dam,” water will not be able to escape and it will flow over the sides of the gutter instead, often resulting in water damage to your home. Ice dams can also weigh down your gutters which can result to loose shingles and damaged gutters.

It can be very difficult to clean your gutters in winter months, especially if you’re in the midst of a large snowstorm or subzero temperatures, but if you experience a bit of a “thaw,” make checking on your gutters a priority.

There are several options when it comes to winter gutter maintenance that can help you avoid ice dams:

Install Heated Cables

Heated cables can be attached with clips along the edge of your roof. These cables will heat your roof from the outside and equalize the temperature of the roof which will help diminish and prevent ice dams. They should be installed before severe winter weather so they are an option to consider for next year.

Use a Box Fan

If you find that you have an ice dam that has resulted in water seeping into your attic, we don’t suggest getting on your roof to chip away at the ice. Chipping ice off of your roof is dangerous for you and your roof.  Instead, put a standard box fan in your attic and aim it upwards toward where the water is coming in. The cold air from the fan should freeze and stop the water.

A Pair of Panty Hose

Although this option might look a little bizarre to your neighbors, it’s surprisingly efficient. If you fill an old or unwanted pair of panty house with calcium chloride ice melter, you can use them to melt the ice dams. Fill the panty hose and lay it across the roof so it hangs over both the ice dam and the gutter. It should quickly melt the snow and ice back to water which will give the water a clear path.

If you think your gutter needs professional attention, contact Bell Seamless Gutters.

Importance of Gutter Cleaning before Winter

December 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

21766020_SWinter is most assuredly here, but before we get into the real thick of it, we have to inspect and maintain our gutters. As we’ve said before, gutters keep water away from the walls and foundation of your home in order to keep it dry and sturdy. But clogged or broken gutters can cause even more complicated problems than a leaking foundation or mold buildup. Here are a few of the reasons you should absolutely be maintaining your gutters before Jack Frost sets up camp in your yard.

Leaves left over from the very end of autumn can create real issues when mixed with the first few weeks of light snowfall and frost. Melting snow can get trapped between mounds of leaves, if your gutters haven’t been cleaned since summer ended. This leads to standing water that can attract annoying and potentially harmful pests like mosquitoes.

Water damage is even more of a threat during the winter months, because of snow runoff and ice buildup. The weight of snow and ice can do a number on your gutters, causing cracks that render the runoff system useless. Having an expert come to inspect the gutters will prevent you from needing to get up on the ladder, draw attention to any small crack that might widen over colder months, and save you quite a bit of money by catching problems sooner.

Get the gutters out of the way so that you can enjoy a stress-free and fun-filled winter season. Contact Bell Seamless Gutters today!