Are you getting ready to sell your Plymouth or Canton, MI area home this spring or late in the winter? If you are, you need to be aware of the state of your gutters. We don’t have to tell you how bad the weather has been this winter in Michigan. All that ice, snow, and slush buildup has been a little bit ridiculous this year and just like your walkway, driveway, and the roads here in Michigan, your gutters have likely felt its wrath!

Did you know that solid ice blocks tend to freeze into your gutters and downspouts after harsh winter storms? This leads to ice dams, which is when water flows over the edges of clogged gutters and freeze up, which then forces water to trickle into your home. It also opens up the possibility that your gutters can simply rip away from your roof, which would obviously be a nightmare for any homeowner, especially one looking for Canton or Plymouth, Michigan home buyers this time of year. We don’t want you to have to come out of pocket for costly repairs and we know you don’t either. It’s not always easy to take care of the troublesome ice in your gutters, but we do have some tips for you if you’ve found yourself in this predicament this winter:

-Don't try to break the ice down with an axe or hammer! You gutters are vulnerable when ice has frozen into them so chopping or hammering at these blocks of ice often ends up doing more harm than good.

- Tossing a couple handfuls of non-corrosive calcium chloride into your gutters and also putting ice melt over the edge of your shingles can melt ice dams.

- Try hooking up a hose to your hot water tank so that you can begin thawing at the down spout with hot water.

- The “snake” method of ice melt involves taking a nylon knee highs or pantyhose, filling the legs with ice melt pelts, and tying the top knots so that they’re closed tight. Once you’ve done this, lay this “snake” across the ice dam, perpendicularly, and leave them there. This will thaw any ice dams or ice-clogged gutters within a day or two.

If you don’t feel comfortable attacking your frozen gutters on your own, we wouldn’t shy you away from calling a professional to get the job done. Also, to prevent future problems in freezing weather conditions, installing a heating panel system works best. The wires in heating panel systems run the length of your gutter and downspout and warm the metal to prevent ice blocks from forming or ice from building up.

Once you’ve used any one of these methods to successfully clear your gutters of ice in preparation for the thaw, give the Jason Matt team a call or contact us online! We can help you list your home in Canton or Plymouth MI this winter in preparation for a spring sell! 248-756-0009.