How to Keep Your Gutters Clean

For any who have experienced the damages to a home or property stemming from clogged gutters, then you already know how important it is to keep an eye on the gutters of a home and ensure that they are cleaned regularly in the fall.  For those who are  ignorant of the damage that could occur to a home due to clogged gutters because you have never had to deal with that issue, consider the effect of a massive fall rain storm or the aftermath of a winter’s thaw.dirty gutter

When heavy rains or melting snow accumulate on the roof, the sheer amount of water that can be produced is astounding.  This water can be safely removed from the home’s gutter system and clear the home from danger, but only if the gutters in the home are cleaned and cleared of debris.

If the gutters are clogged, then all of the water that could have otherwise been dispersed and drained properly back-builds to overflowing in the gutters of the home.  This can result in damage to the roof of the home, the siding or other framing of the home and even to flooding to the lower parts of the home once the water accumulates enough in areas that are supposed to be protected by the gutter.  With the winter storms approaching and the leaves on the trees in the yards of homes shedding off, gutters of homes can quickly be clogged with debris and falling leaves.

By taking the time to clean the gutters of the home, multiple times a month if necessary during the fall, a homeowner can be assured that they will be better prepared and protected against the potential for damage due to clogged gutters.

Warmer Weather Means the Snow is Melting

The winter months of February and March create an interesting time of year when winter slowly melts into spring during the day and then promptly freezes back into winter at night.  It is this cycle of bright, sunny, and relatively warm days followed by freezing nights that can create a dangerous flow of water and ice emanating from a home’s roof.

Throw in the occasional blinding snow storm as is common in late February and the situation can become extremely dangerous for a homeowner and their property.  Taking precautions, then, will become a priority of all homeowners.

In the mountains, the years’ worth of snow fall accumulates into one giant whole known as the snow pack.  The mountain snow packs are responsible for providing local rivers, streams, and lakes with their water throughout the year and are an indication of the level of water that will be available for the local populace.

Single-and-Double-Rail-Clamp-On-Snow-Fence-Nita-Lake-Lodge-Whistler-Canada-2011-16-300x225 (1)But these snow packs can also be extremely dangerous as they melt as they can degrade into perilous avalanche conditions and flash floods. In a similar way, snow packs that have formed on the home’s roof have the ability to come crashing down on to patios, decks, porches, driveways and walkways with the potential to cause great damage and destruction.

This damage can become a threat to people as well.  This is most commonly seen when melting snow during the day falls from the roof or driveway covering to the sidewalks and pathways below only to freeze when the temperature drops at night.

This process creates hazardous black ice conditions that can easily result in a slip and fall for anyone who passes by.  Keeping melting snow and ice on the roof has been proven to be safer for both the property and the homeowner themselves and can be accomplished by our professionally installed systems.