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Winter is coming. Is your home ready for the Chicagoland snow and ice? Of course, you have your shovel accessible, you bought hot cocoa, and your kids are reading up on all the snow day superstitions. But have you winterized your gutters?

When well-maintained, gutters and downspouts do a great job of diverting water away from your house and protecting your home and foundation from the effects of pooling water. While important year round, the value of a functioning gutter system is never more important than it is during the winter months. As ice expands, the damage to fascia can be severe and a cracked foundation may require thousands of dollars of costly repairs.

Although regular cleanings may be all that it takes to keep things flowing nicely, when snow blanketing a rooftop begins to melt, leaves, twigs and other debris are more likely to gather in gutters, causing clogs and other unexpected problems.

Tending to gutters in cold weather can be an unpleasant chore, but may prevent the expensive repairs inclement weather can cause. Before Jack Frost comes knocking on your foundation, give your gutter system the winter checkup it may need this winter.

How to prepare your gutters for winter in Illinois

1.     Inspect your gutters. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t know it’s there. Watch out for tears, cracks, and anything that doesn’t look right. Make sure your gutters are properly fastened so they don’t come loose when the snow starts to fall. If you find an issue, don’t be afraid to call us.

2.     Unclog the gutters. Remove leaves, twigs, and debris. Gutters are meant to catch water or melted snow and divert it away from the rest of the house. They won’t be able to do this properly if they’re cluttered.

3.     Use a gutter cover. Avoid the hassle of going up and down a ladder to clean your gutters. Good quality gutter protection will reduce the time and effort you spend unclogging the gutters yourself. They are already designed keep clutter out while still allowing rain or melted snow to pass freely through. If you’re in need of these gutter guards, call us today! We will happily install these to make your wintering process easier.

Why Is Gutter Maintenance Important?

Keeping gutters clean and in good repair prevents an array of problems down the road, including:

Exterior damage

Built-up water has to go somewhere, which is usually right back onto the home. When gutters don’t work as intended, they push water toward siding, roofs, and wood trim, often creating significant water damage, mildew, and mold.

Leaks

Water not redirected away from the house is likely to come inside, dripping from walls, ceilings, and windows. The repercussions for interior components such as plaster, lighting fixtures, carpet, and flooring can require costly and challenging repairs.

Ice dams

When precipitation mixes with cold air in clogged gutters, ice dams become the inevitable result. These hard, heavy blockages wreak havoc on homes once the spring thaw begins, exacerbating the effects the accumulated debris have already caused.

At Industry Elite Services, we believe that the best way to care for our clients is to help them when issues arise but also to help them avoid issues to begin with. If your gutters need repair or gutter guards, call today!

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