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Cleaning Gutters During Winter?

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It is important to keep up with your gutter’s maintenance to prevent foundation damage, mold, and other issues in your home. Gutters play in important role in your home, they help carry water away from your home and protect it during harsh weather. Most people clean their gutter during the warm season, but there are some things that should be done in the winter.

Winter Care for Gutters

Check for ice buildup:

When your gutters carry too much weight, they may sag or break away from fascia boards, or come apart altogether. During winter, ice can build up if they are clogged with leaves and other debris. Sometimes, ice dams can build up above the gutter and damage your roof. It is recommended to check and clean your gutters before the first snowfall.

Check for clogs inside your downspout:

When cleaning your gutters, sometimes debris can enter the downspouts. Make sure to check the downspouts aren’t clogged. Also it is important the downspouts are aimed away from your house to avoid large puddles of standing water, which can freeze and cause more problems.

Fix leaks:

Be aware of any leaks in your gutter as you are cleaning them. These leaks, if left unfixed it can cause many problems such as roof damage, foundation damage, mold and more. Sometimes leaks can be plugged with silicone or putty, but a professional may be able to determine if the gutter needs replaced.

Gutters play an important role in keeping your home safe and secure from external factors. Consistent care of your gutters can also help you save money. Winters can be harsh, so cleaning your own gutters isn’t ideal. It is a good idea to hire professionals like 663 Exteriors to help you with all your gutter and roofing needs. Visit our website here to find out more about our services.

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