You can never go wrong about maintaining your home by cleaning the gutters prior to every winter. Everything is going to freeze eventually but you want to make sure all the drains are clean so that the water can drain properly.
Ice dams are dangerous and eavestrough are the number 1 source of ice damming. If the water is trapped inside the gutters ice dams will get much bigger than you expect. Also having dryer, kitchen hood fan vent and bathroom fan vent exiting from the soffit can be source for the ice dams. Hot moist air feeds the ice dam by creating a cycle of thaw and freeze, which turns into a missive iceberg in no time. These are the potential problems that can occur during cold winter months.
Be sure to clear all the dirt, leaves and debris from the gutters and reinforce any lose or saggy sections by using screws not nails. Never use a nail unless u can screw it. Be sure to re-caulk all the vents, exhaust vents and all the exposed finishing nails. Look for popping nails and remove them. Once removed apply caulking to the nail hole and apply pressure to make sure caulking gets right in there.
It is highly recommended to hire a professional roofing company to perform such task. If it is safe and accessible for you to perform go right ahead. Secure your ladder from the top and the bottom before getting up there. Do not lean side to side, just get down and reposition your ladder.
Lets start of with the common problems that is caused by rain when there is no gutters guiding the rain water away from your home. Normally is starts working its way along the foundation and causing cracks and damage along the foundation walls. Older home are more at risk because of the older structures did not come with waterproofing membrane like the newer homes. Foundation cracks and shifting in the foundation are few of the problems that is caused by water damage that could have been driven away from the foundation if there was proper gutters were installed in time.
It doesn’t only cause damage to your foundation it also takes life away from your shingles if you have an upper and lower section of the roof. Metal valleys are installed along the dormers to drive the water off the roof. If the valleys are facing right over a lower roof, chances are lower roof will age way before the main roof itself. Also it is common to see drain pipes that are installed on the lower roof was not extended and where the water was gushing caused discoloration and premature ware. It is highly recommended to extend all the drain pipes in to lower gutters to eliminate similar problem in the future.
When it comes to gutter systems there is nothing like seemless gutters. Sectional gutters are okay to but it doesn’t take very long for sectional to start dripping where the joints are. If you are planning to get gutters installed around your roof, do it right the first time.
Clean your gutters twice a year before and after winter to allow water to flow.