At CT Gutter our prime concern is installing, cleaning and repairing gutters. However, we also handle many other jobs around the home including roofing, siding and ice and snow removal. We all know how harsh winters can be in Connecticut and just because it hasn’t snowed yet, don’ think January and February won’t be filled with blizzards and Nor’easters.
We want every homeowner to be safe this winter so we offer a few tips on how you can prepare your home for the coming season.
Clean Your Gutters: If you haven’t cleaned your gutter system yet, get on it. Debris left in gutters during the winter will prevent melting snow to drain properly and this can cause very serious ice dams and roof damage. Cleaning gutters now will ensure your channels and downspouts are clear and ready for the snow and rain that is sure to come.
Inspect your Roof: Before the weather gets too cold and the snow starts to fall, take an afternoon to do an inspection of the roof. Even if you are not a general contractor, you will still be able to notice cracks, worn shingles and other hazards that could lead to problems when heavy snow falls. Make note of the areas that seem to be a problem and then call a professional roofer to ascertain whether your roof needs repairs or replacement.
Contract with a Snow Removal Company: Most people will be able to clear light snow from their driveway and walkway, but when heavy snow falls and a foot is dumped on your home you will need professional help. Snow left on a roof weakens the structure and in some cases can cause sections to collapse. Also, if not cleared in time the snow will harden in freezing temperatures and turn to ice that will be much harder to remove.
Also, if you own a business and do not clear your walkways and parking lots in time you could be liable for accidents and falls. Avoid expensive lawsuits by finding a reputable snow and ice removal company that can clear your home or office in a hurry.