While this has been a mild winter, Mother Nature is unpredictable and we could still get a winter blast before spring officially arrives.
And with the warmer temperatures – and rain – that could lead to frozen gutters and downspouts.
Knowing how to handle frozen gutters and downspouts is something every homeowner should know. Preventing frozen gutters and downspouts from occurring – or thawing them once they occur – can save you headaches in the form of leaks, damaged gutters and other issues.
So what is a homeowner to do? Read on for some expert tips from CKG Contractors Inc. experts.
The easiest way to fix the issue is to make sure it doesn’t happen in the first place. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right? The best way to do this is to keep water running freely and so you have to make sure your gutters are cleaned out and free of debris like leaves, twigs, and other barriers.
THAW YOUR GUTTERS
There is a good way to thaw your gutters and then there are ways you shouldn’t try – and avoid altogether. Don’t use a hammer or chisel to break up the ice – that could damage your frozen gutters and downspouts. And certainly don’t use an open flame to melt the ice. You could start a fire!
If your gutters aren’t a solid block of ice, try sprinkling some ice melt on them (don’t use rock salt; it’s damaging!)
You can also use hot water to try and melt the ice.
KEEP AN EYE OUT
Sometimes, it’s best to take a wait-and-see approach with frozen gutters and downspouts. At this time of year, the weather is quite unpredictable, with temperatures in the 20s one day and 60s the next.
If you suspect damage, leaks or other issues, a professional can come out and help you thaw them, as well.
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