How to Transition Your Gutters from Fall to Winter

Posted on November 7, 2018 in Seasonal Home Tips

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Winter is quickly approaching here in the Northeast and as a homeowner, you should be preparing your home for the cold season. This means addressing roofing issues, making sure your windows and doors are sealed properly, and focusing on your gutters with gutter maintenance or replacement. Here, our experts give you some insight for how to transition your gutters for the winter season:

Fix Sagging Gutters

Over time, your gutters may begin to sag or pull away from your home. This can affect their ability to drain water properly. In addition, if you leave sagging gutters for the winter season, it could make the situation worse. If there’s any standing water in your gutters, it will freeze and add weight and stress to your system. This can pull your gutters even further from your home and cause even bigger drainage issues. Before the winter season, make sure your gutters are level and attached securely.

Remove Debris

During the fall, leaves and other debris can land in your gutters and cause them to become clogged. Clogged gutters can’t carry water away from your home the way they should. This means they could overflow and affect your foundation, siding, and even your home’s interior. If your gutters aren’t cleaned out before winter, this water could freeze and cause ice dams. Ice dams can cause even more damage as they constantly freeze and thaw, so make sure you remove gutter debris before it gets cold.

Fix Leaks

Before winter arrives, check the gutters on your Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Maryland home. Do they leak? If so, it’s important to address the leak before it gets worse. Like clogs, leaky gutters can soak your foundation, siding, basement, attic, and more. If you want to tackle gutter maintenance yourself, try following this DIY for How to Patch a Gutter.

Call P.J. Fitzpatrick

At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we want your home to be completely ready for winter. If you’re having gutter issues, don’t hesitate to contact our gutter maintenance experts. We’ll address any gutter repairs you may need and can even install a new gutter system for you. We sell and install Royal Guard Gutter Cap Systems, the best in the business for repelling leaves, preventing debris accumulation, and guaranteeing consistent water flow.

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