How to Stop Gutters Freezing

how to stop gutters freezing

It’s no secret that one of the best ways to deal with ice is with hot water however, as effective as this may be, getting hot water up to the roof could be a risky endeavour. We take a look at how to stop gutters freezing and causing potential water damage to your home.

Water expands when it freezes. Any standing water in your gutters or pipes that freezes runs the risk of forcing the warping and cracking with the added pressure. Not only that but gutters that are clogged with ice can lead to ice dams forming on the roof. This in turn can cause water damage in your home. Once you are faced with the prospect of water damage, the costs can soon mount up.

Correct Installation

Ensuring that your gutters are properly sloped allows rainwater to drain away effectively and prevents the water pooling in the gutter waiting to turn to ice when a big freeze comes. A visual inspection should enable you to see if they are correctly sloped but if your aren’t sure, ask an expert.

Keep Gutters Clean

Picture the scene, autumn turns to winter, the gutters are full of leaves, the rainwater cannot escape and the water is just left sitting there. Then the freezing temperatures come and suddenly your gutters are full of ice. Be sure to clear out your gutters after the leaves have fallen one last time to make sure you are all prepped for winter.

Add Sodium Chloride

Rock salt is used to melt ice on pathways, pavements and sometimes roads. Putting some sodium chloride into your gutters will help the ice to melt. Be sure to use the right kind of salt and if you are going up to the gutters to add salt, it’s worth taking a look to ensure that they are not blocked or damaged.

Clear Snow From the Roof

Heavy snow will fall and settle in gutters and fall down off the roofs into the gutters. If snow has settled on your roof, it’s a good idea to use a roof rake to clear it. The weight of the snow can have an impact on your guttering which could crack or warp under the pressure. Any snow that melts into the gutter could become standing water which then freezes again. clearing snow is an important task when you are looking at how to stop gutters freezing

Replace Old Gutters

Is it time to have your gutters, fascias and soffits replaced? If you are facing the prospect of another winter with a drainage system that isn’t up to the job, it could end up costing you more than a new guttering system. Consider replacing all or parts of it before the cold sets in.

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