Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 by Office
Most of the United States was shaken up, to say the least, after winter storm Hercules dragged down temperatures across the Eastern US. Unfortunately, Washington residents should continue to expect freezing temperatures for the coming days, as per the Washington Post:
"After suffering through wind-whipped record cold that kept some kids home, caused car batteries to die and pipes to burst, and made heavily layered pedestrians look like plump sausages, Washington area residents were warned that they could expect more of the same Wednesday.
The torture of frigid air and high winds had people recalibrating their desires across much of America on Tuesday. Along the East Coast, the thermometer ranged from below zero to near freezing almost everywhere but southern Florida, where the dip into the 50s felt cruelly harsh to residents there."
Many homeowners understand that brutal winter weather can be particularly harsh on roofing, but very few realize that the same winter weather can also damage gutters in Washington, DC. According to experienced gutter companies like Maggio Roofing, homeowners should be vigilant in looking out for the following warning signs:
Although icicles are quite beautiful to look at, they are the most obvious sign of an existing gutter problem. In most cases, icicles are a direct result of gutter blockage due to ice dams or accumulated debris such as twigs and leaves. Icicles should be removed as soon as possible, as they can fall without any warning and harm anything or anyone beneath it.
How old are your gutters? Most people do not think about the age of their gutters. However, gutter experts claim that if gutters are older than 15 years old, there is a good chance that it was installed by simply nailing it to the fascia board. If so, there is a good chance that the excess weight of accumulated ice and snow can rip your gutters right off the side of your home.
If you notice that your gutters are guilty of the aforementioned signs, or if you suspect that your gutters may need cleaning, be sure to contact a reputable Washington DC gutter repair company. Do not delay gutter repair as it can quickly lead to water invading your home once the snow begins to thaw, resulting in costly home repairs.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Cold weather continues: D.C. area temps may remain subfreezing until midday Tuesday, The Washington Post, January 7, 2014)