If you had seamless aluminum gutters installed on your home this summer, it's time to get ready for winter. Seamless aluminum gutters are one of the best investments you can make for your home. They're designed to provide maximum protection against water damage. But, they still require winter maintenance. Here are four steps you need to take to get your gutters ready for winter.
Start With a Deep Cleaning
If your gutters are new, you might not think that you need to give them a cleaning before winter arrives. But, that's not the case. You might not realize this, but your gutters can attract a lot of dirt and debris during the summer and fall. Unfortunately, that debris can cause some serious problems once winter arrives. To make sure you don't need to deal with clogged gutters this winter, give them a deep cleaning. Start by removing the dry debris from the bottom of the gutters. Next, use a mild detergent to wash away any dirt or mud. Finally, rinse the gutters to remove the residue. This process should be repeated in the spring.
Replace Damaged Sections
If you discover any damaged gutter sections while you're cleaning them, you should have those sections replaced as soon as possible. Falling trees, hail storms, and even some pests can cause damage to your gutters — even when the gutters are new. The best way to protect your gutters and prevent water damage this winter is to replace damaged sections immediately. If your gutters are still under warranty, be sure to contact your contractor if you have repair or replacement needs.
Invest in Gutter Heat Tape
If you're expecting freezing temperatures this winter, make sure your gutters are prepared. Freezing temperatures can cause serious damage to your gutters. This is especially true where ice is concerned. Ice dams can destroy your gutters. But, the dams can also cause damage to your roof. One way to prevent ice dams and the accompanying damage is to invest in gutter heat tape. Gutter heat tape is applied to the bottom of your gutters. The heat tape prevents ice from forming in your gutters. Your gutter contractor can install the heat tape for you.
Conduct a Trial Run
Finally, now that you're getting your gutters ready for winter, be sure to conduct a trial run. You'll want to make sure that the water flows through the gutters without problems. You can conduct a trial run using your garden hose. Place the garden hose in your gutters and turn the water on. As the water flows through the gutters, watch for leaks. Also, watch to see how the water comes out of the downspouts. If you need to, adjust the downspouts so that the water drains down a slope.