Winter Water Damage; Gutter Guards in Winter

Ice On and Around Your Home; Prevent Winter Water Damage.

Ice can be a beautiful part of Mother Nature. It can also be refreshing in the summer months. But when it comes to your home the fact is that ice that leads to ice dams can result in winter water damage.

Winter has made its presence known and it makes me shiver to think of all the damage that can occur due to heavy snow, freezing rain, and the continual freezing/melting cycle. I think this would be a good time to examine the cold hard facts about ice dams.  To better serve the community you will find below information that explains how ice dams form and how to prevent them. Visit our blog on the facts about ice dams and issues they can cause to your home.

Below we have a photo showing icicles on the area of a home in the area without a gutter.

house with icicles; winter water damage

This photo is showing the ice on the outside of the home. The ice that would be forming inside the gutter if it was installed in this area. Ice can cause a substantial amount of weight inside the gutter, and adding icicles on top of them only causes the risk of damage to increase. It has been known to cause gutter to collapse, bend, and brackets to pull out; which only increases the likelihood of water damage in the future.

gutter cover in winter snow

Here is an image of a home in the same neighborhood that has Advantage Gutter Guard® installed on it.

Now even though this home had some icicles forming on the gutter, the water is not freezing inside the gutter. But rather sitting on top of the cover. Decreasing the amount of pressure weighing on gutters.

As soon as the outside temperature rises ice melts into water and the icicles slide off then the water flows into the gutter and exits the downspouts. Decreasing the chance that water refreezes and contributes to ice dams backing up on your roof.

Looking for how to recognize and prevent winter water damage.

Visit our blog on Ice Dams to learn more about ice dams and the solutions for them.

For more detailed information about ice dams and prevention visit State Farm’s Simple Insights or University of Minnesota’s Housing Technology website; both have great tips for homeowners when it comes to ice protection.