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When your gutters are clogged with debris, ice can form on them and on your roof. This problem can be easily prevented by cleaning gutters with gutter guards. At Gutter Helmet® of Northern Minnesota, we install gutter protection systems, designed to keep the system in good shape and help you avoid clogging. 

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Keep on reading to learn more about the damaging effects of ice on your roof and gutters.

Ice Dams

Ice dams are a mass of ice that forms along the side of the roof. As the temperature rises, they will melt and cause water to pool on your roof. When not addressed, water on the roof will seep beneath the shingles and into your living spaces. The early signs of a leak include wet spots and peeling paint or wallpaper on the walls and ceiling. 

Downspout Clogging

When your downspouts are blocked by ice, water will back up and pool in your gutter system. When it rains, water will overflow to your siding and back up to the roof. Downspout blockage usually happens where there is a lot of snow on the ground. 

Excess Pressure on Gutters

The added weight of ice and snow on your roof and gutters can compromise their structural integrity. Your gutters may crack, deteriorate, and even pull away from your home. 

Snow Can Cause Flooding in Your Home

Melted snow can seep through the small cracks in your foundation, causing damage to your walls and flooding in your basement. Constant melting and freezing cycles can cause new cracks to develop in your foundation. 

Avoid these problems by cleaning gutters with gutter guards. For quality gutter protection systems, choose Gutter Helmet® of Northern Minnesota. Call us at (800) 824-3772 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We serve clients in Guard Culver, Minnesota. 

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