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Understanding Icicles and Gutters

How To Protect Your Home With Larson & Keeney Home Services

In winter, the sight of icicles hanging from your gutters can be beautiful, but it’s essential to understand the potential risks they pose to your home. Are they simply a natural occurrence, or could they indicate underlying gutter issues? At Larson & Keeney Home Services (LHKS), we have the answers—let’s dive into the world of icicles and gutters to gain a better understanding.

What Causes Icicles?

Simply put, icicles form when water freezes during the winter and are commonly found on gutters. When water freezes at the base of the gutters, it gradually builds up as more water flows. This accumulation creates a blockage, causing water to drip over and freeze, resulting in the formation of icicles.

Why Do Icicles Form on Gutters?

Icicles form on gutters due to the accumulation of water that freezes and then thaws during the winter months. To learn more, we created this informational podcast video:

Are Icicles on Gutters Dangerous?

While icicles may add a picturesque touch to your home’s winter scenery, they unfortunately pose significant risks. Icicles have the potential to injure people or damage property when they fall. Therefore, it’s crucial to exercise caution when dealing with icicles on your roof to avoid accidents. Further, regularly maintaining your gutters will prevent icicles from forming—keeping you and your family safe through the winter season.

I Have Icicles on My Gutters…What Now?

The presence of icicles on your gutters may indicate underlying issues—but it’s not always the case. Icicles could form on concealed gutters, making them challenging to detect. Additionally, while heavy ice buildup can potentially harm gutters, it doesn’t necessarily signify a structural problem. If you notice icicles forming on your gutters, it’s essential to take appropriate action to prevent any potential issues. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Safety First

Before attempting to address the icicles, prioritize your safety. Avoid standing directly beneath them and use caution when inspecting your gutters.

  • Gently Remove Icicles

If the icicles are small and manageable, you can carefully remove them using a long-handled tool or broom. Start from the bottom and work your way up to prevent damage to the gutters.

  • Clear Debris

Check for any debris or blockages in your gutters that may be contributing to ice buildup. Clearing out leaves, twigs, and other debris can help improve water flow and prevent future icicle formation.

  • Inspect for Damage

Take the opportunity to inspect your gutters for any signs of damage, such as cracks, leaks, or loose fasteners. Addressing any issues promptly can prevent further damage to your home.

  • Consider Gutter Guards

Installing gutter guards can help prevent debris from accumulating in your gutters, reducing the likelihood of ice dams and icicle formation.

  • Seek Professional Help

If you’re unsure about addressing the issue yourself or if you notice significant damage to your gutters, consider seeking assistance from a professional gutter cleaning or repair service.

Managing Gutter Icicles With Gutter Shutter

Gutter Shutter offers an effective solution to combat ice buildup on gutters. By allowing water to flow freely and preventing freezing, this innovative system effectively eliminates ice dams, icicles, and other winter-related issues. Its durable design can withstand heavy snow and ice, making it an ideal solution for harsh winter conditions.

Have Icicles on Your Gutters? Call LKHS Today

While icicles may not always signify gutter problems, they should be approached with caution due to their potential hazards. Investing in solutions like Gutter Shutter from Larson & Keeney Home Services can provide peace of mind by effectively preventing ice buildup and safeguarding your gutters during winter. Stay safe and protect your home this winter season. Call us today to get started.

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