Winter Tips for Taking Care of Your Gutters
Avoid The Need for Bay Area Gutter Repair
Your gutters are one of the primary protective features of your home, and they play a crucial role in protecting your roof, windows, siding, and the foundation of your house from water damage.
However, gutters must be cleaned out periodically in order to adequately funnel water away from the home and keep the drainage process functioning properly. You must keep your gutters clean and well cared for during the winter to prevent ice build-ups and leaks from forming and causing damage to the structural elements of the roof and house siding. Even with proper gutter installation, the weight of ice and snow can often be enough to pull a gutter loose from the side of a house, thereby causing significant damage and repair problems.
Here’s what to do to prevent problems and manage any that occur: First, tighten all joints and ensure that the hangings are strong and well secured to the side of the house. Check all gutters and drainpipes for debris and clean any debris you find with appropriate tools.
If you notice gutter hangings beginning to pull from the wall, purchase new hangings or new screws, and secure the gutters more tightly. Gutter problems can lead to damage in residential roofing—if you identify ice damming and water damage, investigate and repair that damage before the home suffers more severe (and expensive to repair) damage. If water leaks from connections between gutters and drainpipes, call a professional roofer to develop a plan.
Call the Experts in Bay Area Roofing
The roofing contractor team at Ben’s Roofing can help you explore and understand options to protect your roof and gutters. Call us at 510-690-8570 if you need this assistance or if you have existing damage that needs reversing.