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What to do About Frozen Gutters in Ottawa

snow brush being used to clear snow on roof

The winter months can be a challenging time for many homeowners, especially in cities like Ottawa.

When you live in a climate with below-freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, piercing winds and freezing rain, maintaining your home gets much more difficult. This is especially true when it comes to maintaining your gutters.

In winter, gutter maintenance is extremely important, but when it comes to winter gutter maintenance, there are a lot of common misconceptions, especially with frozen gutters.

The good news is, we know exactly what it takes to clean your frozen gutters, and here’s what you need to know.

Why Frozen Gutters and Ice Dams Are a Problem

Frozen gutters, also known as ice damming, is the direct result of fluctuating temperatures, which causes the snow to melt, then quickly freeze.

frozen gutters creating an ice dam on roof

As snow starts to melt and accumulate on the lower part of your roof, it begins to make its way into your gutters, which if left untreated will lead to potential damages to your:

  • Gutters
  • Siding
  • Roof
  • Paint
  • Drywall
  • Insulation

Above all, it can lead to the formation of mold in your attic. And if you don’t know much about mold, it has some serious effects on your health.

How to Prevent Your Gutters From Freezing

When it comes to preventing gutters from freezing altogether, you have a few options.

First, in the fall months, make sure that you thoroughly clear and clean your gutters of debris. Cleaning your gutters in the fall is an easy way to get a head start on your winter gutter maintenance, and you can even have this done by gutter cleaning professionals.

gutter protrection system with visible snow on roof

Then, once the snowfall season has begun, it’s time that you keep tabs on the state of your gutters and how much snow is on your roof.

If you can, make sure that you consistently remove large amounts of snow from the lowest four feet of your roof along with any roof vents with a snow rake.

If you find yourself in a situation where your gutters are already frozen, it’s time that you contact your local roof & gutter professionals.

At Century Roofing, we can help you not only with thawing your frozen gutters, but with the installation of a gutter protection system.

Keep your home protected year-round with our professionally installed gutter protection systems.

If You Have Frozen Gutters, Never Do This

Although it is true that salt can be used to melt snow and ice in undesirable areas, you should avoid this method at all costs when it comes to your gutters.

In the long run, salt can corrode and damage your gutters, which only worsens your situation later on. Plus, it would take a whole lot of salt, and a lot of your time to completely melt your ice dams with just salt.

Second, it’s extremely important that you never use hammers, ice picks or axes to try and get rid of ice on your roof and in your gutters. This method is extremely destructive and will likely make your gutters much worse than if you had just waited till spring.

Not to mention just how dangerous it can be to forcefully swing a sharp object on a frozen and slippery surface. Altogether, it’s always best to consult with roofing professionals when it comes to both proactive and reactive maintenance.

Reliable Gutter Maintenance Services in Ottawa

Are your gutters and roof  ready for the harsh winter months ahead?

If you need a professional second opinion, or if you need help with frozen gutters this winter, contact the roofing experts at Century Roofing. We have the training and expertise needed to help you get your roof and gutters in tip-top shape again.

Contact us today to get a free, no-obligation quote for all your roof and gutter maintenance needs.