You mainly think about your gutters either when there’s a large rain storm, or when something goes wrong. Many people don’t pay attention to their gutters in the winter, but this is the most important time to keep an eye on your gutters.

The purpose of gutters and their downspouts is to move water away from the foundation of your house, thus keeping water from pooling around the structure. While winter might conjure images of snowmen and icicles – frozen water – in fact a properly working gutter system is extremely important during cold months. You don’t want snow to melt on a warm day, expand when it freezes again, and damage your fascia or foundation. With an ounce of prevention, you can avoid thousands of dollars of repairs.

Keep it clean

Make sure your gutters are clean and free of debris. It’s best to leave a thorough cleaning until when the weather is warm and the water flowing freely, unless you have an active clog that is causing problems. If you have a problematic clog, get a strong ladder, good gloves, and either a garden trowel or a gutter scoop.

Watch the structure

Keep a close eye on any potential damage to your home’s foundation, fascia, and siding. If you see parts that are stained, rotted, or otherwise damaged, you need to find out where the water is coming from and then mitigate the problem. Window World is ready to help you solve these problems.

Seams and anchors

Make sure that your gutters are properly attached to the house. Examine gutter spikes for any cracked, broken, or missing anchors. You shouldn’t see any gaps between the gutter or the fascia; if you do, water might be filtering down to where it can wreak havoc.

Downspouts

Your downspouts should send water at least ten feet from your home’s foundation, and it should be on a downward slope. If your yard is sloped towards the home, you are at risk for a flooded basement.

Contact Window World at (651) 770-5570 and we can help you out with any problems with your gutters in Minneapolis.

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