During warm weather clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water to backup into the eaves of your home, leading to water damage and rotten wood.

Snow and ice can damage gutters, and in the winter that same backup can freeze and result in ice dams, which can damage the roof of your home. The slower water drains out of gutters, the easier it is to freeze, and the longer it takes for gutters and downspouts to drain once the temperature rises back above freezing.

In addition the added weight of the ice can also cause gutters to pull away from the house.

Since it can be dangerous to climb on a roof in freezing weather and it may damage the shingles (there is indeed a temperature too cold for roofing and gutters), wait until the weather warms up before attempting to clean your gutters or roof.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Danny Lipford: I talk all the time about the importance of keeping your roof and gutters clean throughout the year, but when the weather turns really cold it’s more important than ever.

Clogged gutters can mean a back-up of water into the fascia and soffit areas of your home, causing water damage and rotting wood. But in the wintertime, that same backup is likely to freeze and really compound the problem.

The slower water drains out of these things, the more likely it is to freeze over and the longer it will take for them drain once the temperature rises back up above freezing. In addition to the possibility of water damage, now you’ve created the potential for some structural damage to your home.

And if your home already has a problem with ice dams from melting snow further up, clogged gutters will only make that problem worse. If the freezing temperatures have already hit, and you discover that your gutters are clogged, don’t jump on the roof and try to solve it. Ice and walking on a roof just don’t mix. Plus, the shingles are very brittle from the cold, and you may do more harm than good.

Clear as much debris out of the gutter as you can while working from a ladder, and make sure the downspouts are completely free from any clogs. Finally, go ahead and mark down a gutter cleaning Saturday on the calendar now for next fall so that you’re not this predicament again next year.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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