Most home maintenance is performed in the Spring or Fall. This can be for several factors, but in general, our summers are packed with activities and our winters are spent inside our home staying warm and cozy. While your gutters shouldn’t need major attention in the winter months, there are some important aspects you’ll want to keep an eye on throughout the winter months.
Keeping Gutters Clean
Ideally, you’ll clean your gutters periodically year-round. It is especially helpful before winter starts to remove leaves or debris that could pose a blockage threat. In the winter, snow and ice can quickly weigh down your gutters which can lead to sagging or even breaking.
Remove Excess Snow
Excess snow build-up on your roof can cause trouble for the roof itself, your gutters, and your siding. It is beneficial to remove excess snow from your roof throughout the winter months. If this becomes too difficult of a task, a professional may need to be called in to help. Proactively removing snow reduces the risks of the water drainage during the spring thaw from overwhelming your system.
Check Your Downspouts
During the winter months, your downspouts can become full of ice. This can be a problem in the spring where excessive water could start to drain. If this causes a backup, you may find yourself dealing with unwanted cracking or sagging that could require repair.
Maintaining Your Gutters
Proper maintenance of your gutters can help alleviate any risks of damage or need for repair. In the winter, your biggest enemy is the potential build-up of snow and ice that can cause havoc to your drainage system once spring returns. If you worry that your gutters may not perform well this winter, it helps to call in a professional for a proper assessment. At Hadley Roofing, we can help. Contact us to learn more, or if you require assistance with your gutters.