What you should know
How can ice damage your gutters
HOW ICE CAN DAMAGE YOUR HOME GUTTER
Houston area has faced a brutal winter this year and winter isn’t over yet. With that in mind we would like to bring up a point that, as Houstonians rarely have to deal with up till this year, is how ice and freezing temperatures can damage your gutters.
VARIOUS WAYS ICE CAN DESTROY YOUR GUTTER
- Ice dam: Here in Houston, ice dams are rare usually. It’s when a block of water in your gutter has frozen and is blocking any other standing water in your gutter. This can happen when we have several days of below freezing temperatures.
- Blocked Frozen Water: Ice, snow and frozen over water can be more than twice its original weight and can pull down your gutter. All that extra weight on the gutter for lengthy periods of time can lead to the crumple, bend, crack, or separation of the trough from its hangers. When the freeze is over, make sure you check your gutters for separation or damage.
- Downspout Blockage: Another issue that concerns your gutter is the downspout plug; this happens when snow or freezing rain trickles down your trough into this area. Most times the snow further transforms into ice and blocks the passage of water from your gutter. The tendency for downspout blockage occurring is higher when the snow level on the ground is above the end-opening of your downspout. After the freeze, check to make sure that the snow and ice has not left other deposits (dirt, dead leaves) blocking your downspout.
Even though it rarely happens here in the Houston area, this winter has left a reminder that you can never be too careful. Catching small issues after a winter storm can save you from bigger headaches with your gutters down the road in the warmer seasons.