Checking and cleaning gutters in spring can help prevent future problems.
Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean you can’t have gutter problems. Sure, you cleaned your gutters after the last leaf fell in the fall, like you do every year. But leaves are not the only thing that can clog a gutter, and winter weather can be hard on gutters as well. Spring can be a prime time for gutter problems, and they aren’t problems people typically expect.
What Happens to Gutters in Spring?
Spring can be the time of year when homeowners see problems that were actually created in winter. Even if your gutters were cleaned in the fall, a buildup of ice and snow over the winter can damage your gutters in more ways than one. When all the snow and ice melts, you may notice that your gutters are pulling away from the side of your house, especially if you had ice dams form during the winter months.
The weight of that ice on your gutters can cause the old spikes to pull out of the wall and soon your gutter is compromised. Sometimes the old gutters can be reattached with hangers, but other times they will become warped and need to be replaced.
Another problem that can happen with gutters in spring is the buildup of pollen. Although pollen alone is unlikely to clog the gutter, this sticky substance can build up on your mesh gutter guard and prevent water from flowing into the gutter like it should. If you notice water running down the side of your house when it rains, it’s a good bet that pollen caught in your gutter guard could be to blame. You can prevent this problem from occurring by running your hose over the gutters when you notice the pollen falling thickly from the trees.
Winter ice dams can cause spring gutter problems.
The Result of Spring Gutter Problems
Left unchecked, spring gutter problems can lead to water damage inside your home that can cost thousands of dollars to repair, including damage to walls and ceilings, and even a cracked foundation that can be caused by water pooling around it instead of draining away. While conventional gutters need to be cleaned every spring and fall, there is another option for homeowners to consider.
Protect Your Home With Gutter Helmet
Gutter Helmet is a patented system that prevents gutters from getting clogged and funnels debris safely away from your gutters and roof. Twice-yearly gutter cleanings will be a distant memory with Gutter Helmet, since it prevents the problems commonly associated with conventional gutters.
If your home is especially prone to ice dams, Moonworks also offers a heated gutter solution that will prevent ice dams from forming on your roof, saving you potentially thousands of dollars in damage to your home.
Spring rains are coming, and some storms can bring a large amount of water in a very short period of time. Moonworks wants your gutters to be prepared to handle whatever comes your way. Call us at 1-800-975-6666 for a free estimate on your gutter repair or replacement.