Keeping your gutters functional and working in winters is a tough job. You have to look for several aspects and make sure each one of them is perfectly functioning. Preventing your downpipes from freezing is one of those steps that holds great value because once the downpipes freeze, there is no chance of water flowing down, causing the gutter blockage, leaking, and other issues.
In most cases, if the downspouts are filled with ice, they will put more pressure on the pipes as ice is heavy. It will also cause downspouts to tear loose due to compacted snow and solid blocks of ice. All of it will put extra stress on your gutter, causing roof damage or other serious issues that can cost you a lot.
So, there are many ways to prevent your downspouts from freezing and one of the most effective ways is pouring down some warm water through the pipe. It will melt any ice inside and make it functional again. However, it is not so effective with hard ice because you will require a lot of warm water to melt them. Luckily, there are many alternatives to de-ice and make your gutters functional again.
In this blog, we will discuss a few ways to prevent freezing in the first place and also know about how you can un-freeze the downspouts.
To prevent your gutters and downspouts from freezing, you need to know about a few simple steps that will help you in both maintaining and de-icing them.
Pine needles, dirt, leaves, and other items make a jam in your downpipes. The wind and rain bring these items to your pipes and gutter which leads to minor or major blockages. For the starter, you may not notice them, but then in winters, they start to form solid blocks.
So, you should clean them every fall for better maintenance and prevent other issues. Also, while cleaning your gutters, make sure that everything is flowing well in the downspouts. To inspect them, you can visually see them from the top and it will give you a clear idea about where the most cleaning is needed.
Gutter guards are used to avoid large pieces of ice and other items from entering the gutter. They also keep the roof drain system functioning well by only allowing water through the pipes. However, make sure that this is a stainless gutter guard as you would not want to change it every once in a while when there is rust and other stains.
The best part of these gutter guards is they prevent your downspouts from freezing so they’re worth investing in as you get to save a lot of money.
Now, let’s have a look at some methods to un-freeze your downspouts
These techniques are proved to be efficient and many people have tried them. So, you can also use them to keep your gutters functioning well.
Panic creates many mistakes and you can do many mistakes intentionally or unintentionally while de-icing the downspouts. Here are a few things that you should avoid when you have frozen downspouts.
Avoid these things if you do not want to spend even more money on purchasing another downspout.
Using boiling water or warm tapes will gradually melt down the ice from your downspouts. However, for maintenance, you should clean every once in a while and make sure to use the proper gutter guard. With them, you will always feel more confident and stay out of many gutter issues during the winter season.