3 Steps to Prepare Your Gutters for Winter

If you live in a region that gets a significant amount of snow and freezing weather during the winter, you are going to want to make sure that your gutters are ready for the winter weather before fall wraps up. 

#1: Clean Out Your Gutters

The first thing you need to do is clean out your gutters. Gutters tend to get the most clogged up during the fall time, when leaves can easily fall into the gutters. You are going to want to wear gloves, attach a bucket to your ladder, and scoop all the leaves out of the gutters. This will help all the rain and snow flow more smoothly through your gutters. 

#2: Secure Your Gutters

Second, make sure that your gutters are secured to your home. Your gutters should held firmly against your home and fastened in place. Ideally, your gutters should be secured with gutter spikes. Gutter spikes should go through your entire gutter and into your home. You can also use gutter hangers to fasten the gutter to your home instead of gutter spikes.

There should not be any gaps between your gutters and your home; gaps can lead to drainage issues. Snow will more easily slide off your home and over your gutters when they are secure and in place. 

You should also make sure that your gutters are secured to one another if you don't have seamless gutters. If the gutters are loose at a joint, you are going to want to reconnect the gutters together. 

#3: Test for Leaks

Finally, you want to test out your gutter and make sure that there are not any leaks. You can do this by putting a hose in your gutter and running water at a low to medium rate through your gutters. As you run the hose through the gutter, have someone else assist you in looking for leaks. If you find any leaks, note where they are located, as you will need to replace them. You can fit a small leak with gutter sealant and larger leaks with a gutter patch. 

Additionally, watch how the water flows out of the gutters and through the downspouts. The water should flow away from your home. If the water does not flow down away from your house, you may need to add a gutter extension to your downspout so that the melting snow doesn't damage the foundation of your home.

If you need assistance with any of these steps, a local contractor such as Alaka'i Raingutters & Supplies can assist you with cleaning out and testing your gutters as well as fixing any issues that arise. 

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