Blog How to Keep Your Gutters Flowing Through the Winter February 25, 2016June 2, 2017Jeremy KelseyGutter Maintenance, Gutter Protection, Helmet Heat®, Uncategorized As you keep your home protected in winter, it is essential to keep your gutters leak-free and remove any debris. Adding gutter covers and a Helmet Heat® system can help you keep your home safe and reduce ice dams and damage year-round. During the winter, the gutters on your home play a significant role in keeping your home weatherproof and preventing bad weather from negatively impacting your home’s exterior and foundation. Water from the roof flows through gutters and downspouts to the ground. In winter, ensuring a steady flow of water through the gutters and away from the foundation becomes very important. If the water turns to ice, it can easily clog up gutters, forming ice dams and preventing smooth flow. Regular Maintenance You will need to do some regular maintenance to make sure that your gutters are not sagging or leaking. You will also want to clear your gutters of leaves, twigs and any other materials that may collect in the gutter, clogging them and preventing the flow of water. Gutters can warp, sag and leak if they are not well-maintained. Check that your gutters also connect securely to downspouts. Be aware that gutter maintenance involves a high degree of personal risk; be sure to practice safety measures to avoid falls. Add Gutter Covers To keep your roof draining properly, it helps to have gutter covers in place with effective gutter protection systems. Gutter covers go over your gutters and stop debris and leaves from entering, thus preventing clogs. This ensures that water can flow freely. Install Gutter Heating In the winter, you will find having a gutter heating product can make a tremendous difference. In areas that have significant snow and ice, icicles and ice dams form on roofing. This creates roof leaks, increases heating bills and can damage the roof and foundation of a home. Gutter heating helps reduce ice dams from forming, ensuring water flows smoothly. To solve this problem and ensure the smooth flow of water through gutters during the winter, we have created Helmet Heat®. Helmet Heat is a self-regulating heating cable that can be installed inside your Gutter Helmet gutter guard system. Helmet Heat reduces ice dams and snow from building up in your gutters and around the sides of your roof. Having this effective gutter protection system keeps your gutters working properly with smooth water flow throughout the winter. Contact Us Save time, prevent damage and enjoy the peace of mind of a system that works for you – and never de-ice your gutters again! Call us at (800) 824-3772 to schedule an installation of Gutter Helmet and/or Helmet Heat by our professional, certified technicians.