Blog Should You Detach Downspouts in Winter? January 18, 2023January 19, 2023Jeremy KelseyGutter Guards Gutters and downspouts are essential components of a home’s drainage system. In winter, temperatures can dip to levels that freeze water inside the gutters and downspouts, leading some homeowners to consider detaching the downspouts and extensions to prevent any potential ice buildup. A gutter protection service provider shares several reasons why it is not recommended that you detach your downspouts during the winter months. Why Downspouts and Downspout Extensions Should Stay in Place It is important that your downspouts and extensions remain in place throughout the winter months. Detaching them can cause the gutters to become clogged or even damage the gutter system, resulting in costly repairs or replacements. Potential for Water to Overflow When the downspouts are detached, water may accumulate inside the gutters and freeze, leading to potential overflow when temperatures begin to rise. This can cause damage not only to your gutter system but also to your home’s exterior walls and landscaping. Potential for Ice to Build Up When downspouts are detached, the ice can build up inside the gutters and freeze. This can cause clogs and prevent water from flowing through the gutters properly. It also increases the risk of damage to your gutter caps and sections when temperatures begin to rise again. What to Do Instead If you are concerned about the potential for ice buildup, there are several steps you can take to prevent this from happening. Pour Warm Water Into the Top Opening of the Downspout Pouring warm water into the top opening of your downspouts can help to melt any ice that may have built up inside. This is a simple and effective solution that can be done quickly with minimal effort. Just be careful if you’re using a ladder as it will get slippery in the cold. Use Helmet Heat® Ice Reduction System If you are looking for a more long-term solution to reduce ice buildup, you may want to consider the Helmet Heat® Ice Reduction System. This system uses an electric heating element that is installed inside the downspouts and gutters in order to reduce the ice forming throughout the winter months. Taking the proper steps to winterize your gutters and downspouts is essential in order to prevent costly repairs or replacements. For a longer-term and safer solution, install the Helmet Heat Ice Reduction System. Contact gutter guard installer Gutter Helmet at (800) 824-3772 or complete our online form to get started.