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Frozen Gutters: the prevention and the cure – Gutter Maintenance

Like any other season, winter brings with it a host of problems that can be disastrous for the guttering on your commercial or retail property. One of the most significant issues that can arise from the plummeting temperatures are frozen gutters.

If left ignored, frozen gutters could be catastrophic for your commercial or retail property. As water expands when it freezes, guttering could be pulled away from the building, which can cause significant structural damage, putting employees and customers at risk.

Retail gutter cleaning and regular gutter maintenance will help to minimise the risk of frozen gutters causing severe issues for your commercial or retail property, helping to keep employees and customers out of harm’s way.

Preventing frozen gutters with gutter maintenance

When the temperature drops, the best way to prevent frozen gutters is to make sure the loft area of your commercial or retail property is well insulated (if possible). A warm loft can help melt any ice buildup, helping to ensure that water can flow away from the building – or it can provide a temporary break while you contact a professional to rectify the issues.

Another way of preventing frozen gutters is to ensure that guttering and downspouts are clear of debris (like the remnants of autumn leaves), so that water can effectively flow away from the property, as opposed to being left to sit and freeze. Regular retail gutter cleaning can help you keep on top of debris, meaning that your gutters can work effectively all year round.

Ultimately, the best way to prevent frozen gutters is to be proactive. By including retail gutter cleaning and gutter maintenance as part of your annual strategic facility plan, you should be able to help prevent many of the main contributing factors of frozen gutters.

Curing frozen gutters

The main thing to remember when the guttering on your commercial or retail property freezes: don’t try to solve the problem yourself.

Sometimes, the buildup of snow and ice can cause the roof of your property to spring a leak. If this occurs, the best thing to do is to contact a professional, who will be able to best advise you how to proceed.

Ultimately, the best thing to do when faced with frozen gutters is to wait for the thaw. That way, you are able to enlist the help of a professional who will be well-equipped to fix any issues safely. You’ll also be avoiding utilising any unorthodox (and potentially unsafe) de-icing methods – keeping you, your gutters and your property safe.

Winter can be taxing on your gutters if you don’t take the necessary precautions to prevent the common problems that can crop up at this time of year – especially when it comes to frozen gutters. By making sure that retail gutter cleaning and gutter maintenance take place regularly – and downspouts are clear – you’ll be helping your gutters protect your commercial or retail property from the other trials of winter.

Our teams provide regular cleaning and gutter maintenance on a national scale, for retail and commercial business alike. To help avoid disaster this winter, get in touch today on 0800 046 1376, or email us at info@ukgutters.co.uk – we’ll be happy to help!