We don’t often think about our gutters. And when we do, we tend to think of them as just another part of the roof, or as the part of the house that we have to unclog when autumn comes to Baltimore, and the leaves start to fall. The truth is, gutters perform an incredibly important function. One of the leading causes of damage to a home’s foundation is water that has not been diverted properly. This can cause very real — and very costly — damage to your home. And as December rolls into January and February and winter takes its hold on Howard County, the risk of winter gutter damage becomes even greater.
There are, however, ways that you can prevent the kind of winter gutter damage that leads to costly cracks in your foundation and water damage. At EC Roofing & Home Services, we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We are here to help before your winter gutter damage is severe enough to cause any problems. And we can also help with a free estimate if you suspect that things have gotten that bad.
What Causes Winter Gutter Damage?
Even homeowners who clean their gutters regularly tend to have problems in the winter when the snow and ice that has accumulated on roofs washes debris into their gutter system. Having clogged or broken gutters means that water can seep into the roof, ceiling, walls, and even the foundation of your home. And as this water freezes and thaws, it can cause thousands of dollars in damage. This is why having a professional come in and assess the likelihood of damage is always a good idea. At EC Roofing & Home Services, we are happy to have a look at what damage might already be present. And we can also help you come up with a plan to avoid future winter gutter damage.
Avoiding Winter Gutter Damage
Winter gutter damage in Howard County is common, but it is avoidable. In addition to regular gutter maintenance, it is a good idea to have a professional look at your gutter system. This is especially true if your roof and gutter system has been through several Baltimore winters without getting an overhaul, or if it is already poorly maintained or damaged. Specialists like the team of professionals at EC Roofing & Home Services can do more than just clear your gutters of debris. We can inspect the joints and seams of your roof and gutter system, Check your shingles or roof tiles for damage, confirm that water is not pooling around your downspouts, and assess the extent to which winter gutter damage has caused structural damage.
Don’t Go It Alone This Winter
It is tempting to pull out the ladder and try to check these things yourself. And although it can be dangerous to do so in winter, there are certain tasks that you can do yourself, like clearing your gutters of leaves, twigs, and other debris. But in addition to providing this kind of maintenance, EC Roofing & Home Services can provide the invaluable service of preventing, assessing, and repairing winter gutter damage. Reach out to us today online, or call us at 410.237.8046. Don’t let winter win this year!