How to Deice your Gutters

You’ve spent time and money installing your gutters and making the exterior of your home look beautiful. We don’t want all that hard work to go to waste because of a harsh Minnesota winter. Take the time to deice your gutters before it’s too late!

Because we’re a local business, we know this winter weather well. We also know the negative impacts frozen gutters can have on your home.

For example, frozen gutters make it impossible for rain and melting snow and ice to drain away from your house. This can lead to even more problems in the future. Frozen gutters become weighed down with ice and can detach from your home and even fall to the ground.

It’s necessary to deice your gutters, and it’s something you can do yourself without too much time or money!

Although it may be tempting to take an axe to the built-up ice, avoid doing so. Hammers, axes, shovels, and hatchets will damage your gutters. You will also want to avoid using rock salt. This can corrode your gutters and harm plants and foliage below.

Instead, here are a few effective methods to keep your gutters free of debris and ice and lasting for years to come:

1. Calcium Chloride

Calcium chloride is an inexpensive and easy way to deice your gutters. Simply sprinkle handfuls into your gutters and let it do the work for you. The ice will melt in as little as twenty minutes.

2. Hot Water

A far more time-consuming option, but an option, nonetheless, is to use hot water. If you can run a hose from a hot water source, you’re in great shape. Otherwise, you may be making countless trips with watering cans and pitchers of hot water.

3. Stocking Method

You can also try the foolproof stocking method: Using nylon stockings or pantyhose, cut the legs away from the waist and fill each leg with calcium chloride. Tie off each end and place the stocking legs in your gutters. These stockings can also go over your downspout opening too.

4. Prevent

One of the best things you can do is prevent the ice from forming at all. Keeping your gutters free of debris will prevent them from icing in the winter.

Call Good to Go Gutters Today

If there’s one thing we know, it’s gutters. And we know how costly and frustrating it can be to end up with damaged gutters in the spring because of built-up ice. It’s important to take the time to deice them so that you’re home and your gutters can maintain their excellent condition for years to come.

Good to Go Gutters is a family-run business that believes in doing the job right the first time. We offer free estimates and a quick turnaround for customers. Give us a call to set up a time for one of our experts to visit your house for a quote so you can protect the new home you’ve built.

Call 952-454-4514