A good gutter system will help your home stay safe through every season by preventing water damage – something to be even more cognizant of as winter approaches. If your gutters are not in top functioning order, any amount of accumulating snow could potentially cause damage. While water can create its own issues, ice brings a whole new level of considerations to homeowners. As ice expands, the damage to fascia – the horizontal board that protects the roof and the interior of the home from moisture by blocking its entrance – can be severe and a cracked foundation may require thousands of dollars of costly repairs. Below is a list of best winter gutter maintenance tips to keep your home and gutters in top condition:
Clear debris from gutters. It can be a daunting task, especially in cold weather, but invest the time to remove visible debris from gutters. You may opt for professional assistance, or decide to tackle the chore yourself. Luckily, this can be accomplished without much expense using a sturdy ladder, gloves and a garden trowel or gutter scoop. Special attention should be paid to corners and junctions where leaves are likeliest to gather. Gutter covers are another preventive measure homeowners can take to limit the amount of leaves and debris in gutters.
Inspect. Seams – located in the corner of your gutter system – and anchors should be your focus during inspections. No gaps should be exist between the fascia and the gutter.
Seek out and address standing water or structural damage. Locate any signs of staining, rotting or other water-related damage, or even standing water. If damage is evident, determine the source of the water flow and make repairs as needed. If visible mold exists, rely on a professional for solutions.
Check downspouts and flow. Gutters should be redirecting water, in a downward slope, at least 10 feet from the foundation of your home. Confirm that water is not pooling close to your home, which could ultimately wind up leaking into your basement.
If this sounds like something you’d rather leave to the professionals, that’s what we’re here for. Contact Garage Doors of Indianapolis with your gutter maintenance needs.