Winter Maintenance for your Eavestrough

Winter is Back

Winter is Back

Well, it is back again! Winter has officially arrived in Central Ontario. If you didn’t get your eavestrough cleaned out yet, well, you missed your chance. I am going to go over a few things to watch for this winter to make sure your eavestroughs last as long as they should. First of all, you should have them cleaned out every fall, or have gutter guards installed to avoid cleaning. This is crucial to a care free winter when it comes to your eavestroughs. If you have to go up on your roof this winter to shovel, or remove Christmas lights, make sure to never lean your ladder against the eavestrough. This is bad for your eavestrough, but also a very unsafe place for you to lean the ladder. Put the ladder against a gable end, use a large step ladder (if possible), or buy a ladder standoff (best option). I have included a picture of a ladder standoff in this post if you aren’t sure what that is.

Ladder Standoff

Ladder Standoff

If you decide you need to chip ice out of your eavestrough don’t use something really sharp, like a nail or screwdriver. It is very easy to put a hole in your eavestrough like this. Use something with a larger flat or round surface to break up the ice, like a scrap piece of wood. Heat cables will melt ice off your roof or your eavestrough, but this can be a costly option as they use a lot of electricity. If you are shovelling your roof, make sure not to scrape right down to the shingles. This will protect your shingles but also means you won’t hit the eavestrough with the shovel as you push the snow over the edge. It is best to leave about 4-6″ of snow on the roof. Another very important thing to do through the winter is remove snow from the bottom of your downspouts. If your downspouts would normally discharge on your lawn, you need to make sure there is somewhere for the water to go if we have a winter thaw. Often the bottom of the downspout is covered in snow so the water has no where to go and then freezes in the downspout when it gets cold again. If this process happens a few days in a row the downspout can become entirely filled with ice. So make sure to give your downspout ends a quick shovel after big storms. Lastly, unless you have a real emergency wait until spring to do any eavestrough repairs. And if it is too big of a job for you, or you just want the experts to handle it call Sentry Exteriors!

Barrie: (705) 487-0888
Muskoka: (705) 645-8020
Online: www.sentryexteriors.ca
Email: info@sentryexteriors.ca

 

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