How to Thaw a Frozen Gutter

Justin GravesUncategorized

frozen gutters

As the stars of Game of Thrones have warned us many times, winter is coming. In fact, it’s already here for some northeastern states getting hit with a ton of snow.

Winter not only brings snowball fights, snow sports, and toasty nights indoors by a fire, but it also brings frozen gutters.

Frozen gutters can cause damage, which means you need to take action before anything happens. Here is your guide on how to thaw gutters that have frozen over.

Install Gutter Guards to Prevent Frozen Gutters

The best way to take action against frozen gutters is by preventing them from freezing in the first place. Before a cold front hits, take the smart route and get professionals to install gutter guards.

Gutter guards not only protect your gutters from freezing and getting damages, but they keep bugs, leaves, and other debris away from your gutters.

Use Calcium Chloride

A good way to prevent damage to your gutters is to take the proper precautions to prevent your gutters from completely freezing over. If you start to notice some ice forming on your gutters, there’s still time to prevent a full-on freeze.

The easiest way to prevent a full gutter freeze is by taking some calcium chloride and sprinkling a little bit in the gutters. This should stop the freeze-over in its track.

A long-term way to prevent your gutters from freezing is by putting calcium chloride inside pantyhose and tying it up inside. Place the full pantyhose inside the gutters to keep them from freezing.

Use Hot Water or Steam

If your gutters are already frozen over, you need to take action right away to thaw them, otherwise, they could get damaged. The best way to thaw gutters that are completely frozen is by using hot water or steam.

The easiest way to do this is to use a hose and run hot water through it onto the gutters. However, you might not have a hose to do this method.

You can fill pitchers or buckets full of hot water and pour them over your gutters. This is very time-consuming and requires a lot of work so it’s not the most ideal option.

The best way to thaw gutters that have frozen over is to hire professional gutter cleaners. They can bring the proper materials to thaw your gutters. With this option, you won’t have to climb a ladder carrying buckets of water (which can be very dangerous).

Take Action

Now that you know how to thaw frozen gutters, it’s time to take action. The worst thing you can do it leave them frozen hoping they will thaw on their own.

Call us today for a free estimate on installing gutter guard or cleaning out your gutters!