Now that it has been cold and icy in the Tulsa area, we want to remind you that your gutters perform a critical task in protecting your roof and your home. They help drain water in an efficient way that protects against damage to your roof and your home’s foundation. This is especially critical in the wintertime. Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams on your roof, as water is prevented from draining and freezes in its tracks. This can cause water to back up and seep into your roof. Should water overflow your gutters and pool around your foundation, water can seep into cracks and expand as it freezes, leading to even further damage. What, then, is the best way to maintain your gutters during the winter?
First and foremost, keep your gutters clear of debris. While the cold weather can be unpleasant to perform yard work in, keeping your gutters clear will guard against ice dams, and can save you from costly repairs to fix leaks and water damage.
Check your gutters for cracks and leaks. If your gutters are not draining in the proper places, damage to your foundation can occur. If you spot leaks in your gutter, either replace the gutter section or seal the crack with silicone caulk.
Perform a quick check around your foundation. Make sure water is not draining and pooling around the foundation, as gutters should function to drain water away from the foundation of the house. If water is draining and pooling in an inappropriate place, make corrections so the water drains away from the house.
If you have any further questions about gutter maintenance and need a gutter repair, contact our office at (918) 936-3703.