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Frozen downspouts are a huge problem for many homeowners every winter, especially in our local area with the constant freeze-thaw cycle. But what causes this?

Frozen downspouts

Why Downspouts Freeze

Downspouts can also freeze when exposed to frigid outdoor temperatures, but that’s not because rain and snow fall directly on them. It is a normal occurrence whenever the end of the downspout is blocked by debris like dead leaves and dirt. It is sensitive to freezing, especially along the elbows where water tends to accumulate.

Frozen downspouts can be a costly problem. If temperatures remain below freezing for extended periods, the ice will spread to your gutters. Failing to address this promptly can lead to damage, compromising the structural integrity and the performance of your gutter system.

How to Get Rid of Ice

Fortunately, there are ways to deal with frozen downspouts. Other than waiting for the outdoor conditions to improve, you may try getting up on a ladder and pouring warm or hot water on the top of the downspout. It will help melt the ice inside and break up any blockages. Running it on the sides may also help. Never use force; it’ll do more harm than good.

Still, prevention is the best way to stop the issue from happening. Cleaning your gutters regularly ensures a steady flow of water to your downspouts. If you want to minimize the need for gutter maintenance, consider investing in a gutter protection system.

Count on Gutter Helmet® Piedmont to install gutter caps. Thanks to its patented nose-forward design, Gutter Helmet makes it virtually impossible for leaves, twigs, pine needles and other debris to enter your gutters. With this product, you won’t have to worry about clogs that cause water damage and frozen downspouts.

Call (844) 204-1015, or fill out our contact form. We serve homeowners in Charlotte, NC, and the surrounding communities.

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