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What to Do if Your Gutters Freeze This Winter

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Frozen gutters occur when water collected in your gutter system freezes due to low temperatures, obstructing the flow of water away from your home. This is not just a winter aesthetic; it can lead to serious issues. Gutters are designed to channel water away from your house, protecting your home’s foundation, walls, and roof. When gutters freeze, this process is halted, leading to a myriad of problems. Read on as Bone Dry Roofing explains more.

 Gutters Freeze This Winter

The Risks of Ignoring Frozen Gutters

Ignoring frozen gutters can result in significant damage to your home. One of the major risks is the formation of ice dams. These occur when the ice in your gutters prevents melting snow from draining off your roof, causing it to back up and seep under your shingles and into your home. This can lead to water damage, mold, and mildew. Additionally, the weight of the ice can cause gutter structural damage, potentially leading to costly repairs or replacements.

Immediate Solutions for Unfreezing Your Gutters

If you find your gutters frozen, there are a few immediate solutions you can take. One effective method is using a heat cable. To do this, simply run the cable through the gutters to melt the ice and restore water flow. Alternatively, you can apply warm water to the ice. However, be aware that this can cause a refreeze if temperatures drop again. A common but harmful practice is chipping the ice; this can damage your gutters and should be avoided.

How to Avoid Frozen Gutters

The best way to handle frozen gutters is to prevent them from freezing in the first place. Regular gutter cleaning to remove leaves and debris can ensure water flows freely. Proper attic insulation can also prevent heat from escaping through the roof and melting snow, which can refreeze your gutters. To keep your gutters clean and the water runoff flowing, consider installing durable gutter guards.

When to Call a Professional

While some frozen gutter issues can be handled independently, persistent freezing may indicate underlying issues that need professional attention. If you find your gutters constantly freezing despite your best efforts, it’s time to call a professional. They can assess your situation and provide solutions tailored to your home’s needs.

We Are Your Reliable Home Services Provider

At Bone Dry Roofing, we are committed to helping you maintain your home, no matter the season. As expert service providers, we bring years of experience, a commitment to quality, and a customer-centric approach to every job. Whether you’re dealing with frozen gutters or any other roofing issues, you can rely on us to provide effective solutions and peace of mind. For inquiries, get in touch with Bone Dry Roofing by calling or filling out our online contact form.

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