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Gutter Maintenance Tips for Winter

Gutters play an important role in keeping your home safe from water damage all-year round. They divert water away from the home, preventing damage that could cost thousands to repair, not to mention sparing you from the unnecessary hassle. In order to do that, however, they need to be properly maintained.Maintaining gutters during winter might not be a pleasant thing to do, but it will bring about great results. Your home will be spared from ice dams that could cause tremendous damage to your home. By maintaining your gutters, you also won’t need to call for gutters replacement service.

Advantage Seamless Gutters shares some things you can do to maintain efficient gutters at home.

Clear Debris

Leaves, twigs and other debris can clog your gutters and downspouts, preventing them from properly draining snow and ice melt. This can cause structural damage if left unattended. Remove all debris using a sturdy ladder, some gloves and a gutter scoop or garden trowel. In winter, this is best done after a thaw.

Test Downspouts

Once you’re done removing the debris, test your downspouts for clogging. Use a hosepipe and pour water on your gutter or downspout. If the water doesn’t go down, your downspouts might be clogged. Ask your local gutter company for help de-clogging your downspouts.

Use Heat Tape

Ice blockages can form on your gutters when the temperature goes well below freezing point. Install heat tape on your gutters to help prevent ice from forming your gutters, or to remove them when they’re already there. This will help water to flow freely into your downspout and away from your home.

Check for Damage

Aside from doing the above, you should also inspect your gutter system and check for damages. See if there are any leaks or if they are securely attached to the house. Also, inspect your home’s fascia, siding and foundation for any signs of water-related damage such as rotting or staining. If damage is evident, your gutter might be leaking somewhere.Is your gutter in need of repair or replacement?

Turn to trusted local gutter installers like Advantage Seamless Gutters for professional work. Call us at (218) 270-5454 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve clients in Baxter and Brainerd, MN.

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