If what you don’t flow, might hurt you.

Do I really need gutters? Doesn’t the water run off the shingles into the dirt anyways?

I am sure we have all pondered this before while cleaning the rotted clumps of leaves out of our gutters, at least once. This seems like a very reasonable question, especially when considering the extra cost of gutters and the seemingly unnecessary service they provide.

However, this time of the year may be one of the most critical to have a proper functioning gutter system due to the immense amount of melting ice and snow on your roof! Without proper control of the melt-off from your home, the water would be liable to surround your home in a blanket of ice. Although, many of your children may have recently watched Frozen and enjoy this idea, thick ice is backbreaking to get rid of, and even more dangerous to leave sitting.

Ice Gutters

We often underestimate the effect a slip on the ice can mean for us. Hundreds of people every year suffer injury, and re-aggravate prior injuries, simply by walking to their car in the morning. Much of the ice around your home in our Chicago winters in unavoidable, however, large amounts at corners or around downspouts and at the base of massive icicles may mean your gutter system is actually the culprit!

If the gutters are leaking, or overflowing due to lack of cleaning, improper pitch, or inadequate size for steepness of roof, you could be setting yourself up for a potential morning of ice skating! We here at Total Roofing do our best to inform our clients, and all homeowners that maintaining an effective roof system, especially the flow of water, ensures a longer life for your house and hopefully, a safer environment altogether!

Here’s a short video to those do-it-yourself minded people.

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Think you have a roof leak?

           Notice a stain in the ceiling or wall? Maybe stored items in your attic are moist or damaged. Sometimes stains or discoloring (possible mold) could be the result of condensation from your air conditioning system. Make sure to 2x check your unit prior to calling a roof consultant

Before you call a roof specialist conduct your own test! This short video will have you searching for the leak as if you’re Sherlock Holmes.

In our 25 year history we’ve seen some cheesy do-it-yourself video’s as well as poor construction tutorials. However, Danny Lipford’s video provides a great overview in checking for a leak and an easy do-it-yourself check (water hose test). A little about Danny Lipford, he was the host of the radio & television Today’s Homeowner. He’s also been used as the home expert for show’s such as The Weather Channel and CBS’s The Early Show. If you enjoyed his video or have other homeowner questions check out his website or YouTube channel for other tips/knickknacks.

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