this story regarding
home damage caused by winter storms. The article states that winter
storms are the third largest cause of home damage. If you were one
of the millions of people affected by the
February 2010 winter storms you
know this is true.
During February 2010
northeastern states were hit extremely hard with record
breaking amounts of snow. Additionally, the continued cold, wind,
and ice build up during that time period wrecked havoc on homes.
Many federal agencies in Washington, DC were forced to close for up
to 4 1/2 days due to the storm's severity. The Federal Emergency
Management Agency got involved by providing assistance to many
states and committed $891 million for relief.
The ConsumerAffairs.com article lists several ways of protecting
your home against winter damage; one of them is cleaning out your
gutters. Too many home owners found out that leaf clogged gutters
allow ice to form on the gutters and onto the roof. If enough ice
forms, the weight of it can tear gutters and parts of the roof right
off of your home. The heavy ice can even make porch roofs collapse
and tear siding off of the house.
Damage from clogged
Gutters can easily get clogged with leaves and other debris. Before
you know it the flow of rain water and melted snow is blocked and it
backs up. Overflowing or dripping water from gutters can cause
foundation problems - continued water leakage down the side of your
home into your foundation will create cracks in the walls and leaks
as well. In climates where the ground freezes and then expands
constantly the problem can be even worse.
How to Clean Rain Gutters and Downspouts
More reasons to clean out your gutters in the fall and spring:
-Avoid insects and mosquitoes.
-Control the growth of mold on and around your home.
-damage to your roof and gutters from water freezing.
-Stop the overflow of rain water out of the gutters.
-Helps your roof last longer.
-Water overflowing can cause wood siding to bow or become moldy over
If you have ever heard of a product called Gutter Helmet you
may like the idea of a protective top applied to your gutters to
prevent leaves from clogging them. The problem with Gutter Helmet is
the high cost. Many hardware stores sell alternatives that are just
as effective though. For example, you can buy a 2 foot long section
of a gutter screen for about $1.50. The screen slides under the
shingles of the roof and clips into the gutter. Water coming off the
roof goes through the screen but debris does not. What other
alternatives have you found to preventing water and ice damage to