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How to Prepare Your Gutters for Winter

How to Prepare Your Gutters for Winter

Dec 04, 2019

It’s easy to focus so much attention on your roof and windows that you overlook the importance of preparing your gutters for winter. While you may get away with this, it’s a risk you don’t want to take.

There are several simple steps you can take to prepare your gutters for the winter season and all the rain, ice, and snow it’ll bring:

·      Clean them: From leaves to debris, you can expect some build-up in your gutters over the spring, summer, and fall. If you’re unable or unwilling to clean your own gutters, hire a professional to complete the task for you.

·      Ensure proper operation: When the rain begins to fall and the snow begins to melt, it’s critical that your gutters and downspouts are functioning as intended. If they’re not, ice dams and water damage to the structure of your home is possible.

·      Realign your gutters: Do you notice a gap between your gutters and home? How about gutters that aren’t properly angled? The weeks leading up to winter are a good time to realign your gutters, once again with the goal of ensuring proper operation.

By taking these steps, you’ll find it easier to prepare your gutters for winter. It’ll also give you an overview of your gutter system, which should help you decide if now’s the time for new gutters or gutter protection.

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