Winter can be a beautiful time of year. Bright, white snow blanketing the ground can appear to make the world clean and pure. Unfortunately for homeowners, the frigid temperatures can wreak havoc on a home, causing damage through freezing.
Exhibit A: Icicles.
While some icicles may be beautiful, they can cause headaches for homeowners. Here’s how to prevent gutters freezing and avoid the hardships that come with it.
Check Your Attic
Often, the problem begins here. If your attic is not well insulated, it may heat up areas on your roof, which will melt the snow above it quicker than the rest of the roof. As this liquid runs off, it cools on the much colder gutter and freezes. This forms a blockage, which eventually causes an overflow. The overflow is what forms icicles.
What To Look For
While some of these solutions may be feasible for the average homeowner, some may not. Shoveling snow from a roof can be very dangerous and it is important to hire a professional to remove the snow for you. In addition to the dangers of removing snow to prevent gutters freezing, there are many dangers in trying to insulate your own attic yourself.
In either case, it may be best to call a professional to help. TalkLocal can connect you with a snow removal expert in your area quickly. Not only is our service easy — it is free!