Frozen gutter systems are commonplace during winter. The icicle formations might look charming, but they usually indicate clogging in the gutters and downspouts. The presence of snow or ice puts your home’s exterior at risk of moisture damage. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to at least minimize this kind of problem or prevent it altogether.
What Causes Frozen Gutters
Gutters usually freeze as a result of a winter storm. However, even when there’s no weather disturbance to watch out for, this problem can still occur due to the improper escape of heat coming from your roof. Snow melting on the roof refreezes once it reaches the roof’s edge. Dead leaves and other debris clogging the gutters exacerbate the issue, expediting the freezing process. If not addressed promptly, icicles will eventually form, generating excessive weight which can damage your roof and your gutters.
How to Deal With Frozen Gutters
Thawing out your frozen gutters can work, but it’ll take consistently good winter weather for the ice to completely melt away. Then again, they may still get frozen again when temperatures start dropping again. Also, the supposedly effective method of placing a used sock full of salt on top of the downspout doesn’t exactly work. A roof repair professional might help solve the problem, especially if moisture has reached the underside of the shingles and leaks begin to appear.
How to Prevent Gutters From Freezing
Prevention remains the best solution to combat frozen gutters. It starts with keeping your gutter system clean and clog-free so water can flow freely toward the downspouts. If you want to reduce the need for maintenance, investing in a gutter protection system is a sensible option. With this, no leaf or debris can enter your gutters and cause clogs and other problems this winter.
In addition to residential roofing and storm damage repair services, Brownstone Roofing also offers high-quality gutter services. Give us a call at (502) 443-9222, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Louisville, KY, and many nearby areas.