With last week’s snow storm, it’s safe to say that winter is here! The heavy snow fall caused substantial damage to trees and homes. The precipitation put quite a stress on gutter systems throughout the region. Even if you did a thorough cleaning and inspection of your gutters before the storm, the sheer weight of the precipitation still could have wreaked havoc on your gutter system. If you noticed some damage in the wake of the storm, now is the time to jump on it – yes, even during the winter months. If you haven’t already inspected for damage, you need to do so. Here’s why.
Why Gutter Maintenance and Repair is Important in the Winter
Whether you have seamless gutters or regular gutters, mother nature can mess with them. Snow and ice, mixed with cold temperatures, can cause a hefty buildup and ice damming. The weight of the “clog” can cause gutters to sag, fall out of alignment, or pull away from the home – all of which prevent proper gutter function.
If possible, rake the snow from the roof and clear snow and ice from your gutters to try and prevent damage from occurring. A small issue now can turn into a bigger issue throughout the winter. A little sagging from one storm can weaken the gutter system, making it susceptible to greater damage in the next storm. If left untreated, the gutters can fail, resulting in water seeping into your home through walls and your foundation, as well as damage to the roofing system, fascia, siding and landscaping. Walk around the exterior of your home and inspect your basement and interior walls.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to call a gutter professional:
- Sagging gutters
- Gutters pulled away from the home
- Gutters separated from downspouts
- Leaking gutters
- Water seeping in through walls
- Water marks on walls
- Water in basement
- Wet foundation
You can also call on a gutter professional to inspect your home for you.
Gutter repair is extremely important in the winter months. Proper maintenance and quick repairs can save you the headache of larger damage down the road.
Superior Seamless Gutters repairs and installs gutters throughout the winter – as weather permits. Call us today for a FREE gutter inspection and/or repair quote.