Fall is an ideal time to clean out your gutters in preparation to the impending doom of winter ahead. Luckily for us, the climate here is mild enough to never have to deal with things like freezing gutters. In areas with harsher climates, there are home maintenance tasks that must be done or else your home’s structure could suffer.

Damage From Ice

Gutters In Harsh Climates

One of the worst causes of damage to gutters that snowballs (no pun intended) into a bigger problem for homes is ice. Snow or rain accumulates in the gutter and freezes solid, causing a frozen clog in the gutters that prevents the ice from properly draining. When snow is heavier and the roof is covered in a thick blanket of ice, the layer closest to the house begins to melt while the frozen outer layer keeps it trapped causing the melted snow to creep into the roof beneath the shingles, tar paper, and beyond after a while. Thoroughly cleaning out your gutters will aid in preventing this.

Fire Caused by Gutters

At the other extreme, hot and dry climates are responsible causing destructive fires when very dry leaf litter clogs up gutters. This is why it’s so important to take care of gutter cleaning in Northern Beaches of Australia and arid desert landscapes of the southwestern US and Europe. Sparks from your firepit or lighting can be all that is needed to start the raging fire that takes down your home. Once a spark catches on, it’s frightening how incredibly quick a fire can spread, grow, and destroy.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.