Winter Storm Stella came through our area and dropped almost 2 feet of snow within a 24 hour period. With such a large storm, and one with varying temperatures, large icicle and ice damming formation is very possible. With ice dams, comes the potential for more serious and costly problems like water damage, flooding and mold remediation. During and after winter Storm Stella, we monitored our heated gutter system so we could show you exactly how the system is expected to work.
With your heated gutter, it is important to understand that the system is meant to manage the snow on your gutters by slowly melting the accumulation, and therefore preventing ice damming. Please note that the snow will NOT melt instantly, especially with such a large accumulation like Storm Stella. The slow melt is ideal for managing the snow on your guard so you don’t have to. Without the heated gutter system, the snow on the guard may freeze and come over the edge of your gutter in the form of icicles. A small amount of icicles is normal with gutter guards, however, large icicles and dams are not. See our blog on gutters and guards in winter for more “normal vs. abnormal” comparisons. Throughout the entire storm, snow and/or ice never formed over the edge of our heated gutter that we monitored, and icicles did not accumulate on the gutter.
Below we compare the home in study above with another home a few minutes up the road from the home with the heat cable. These photos were taken the day after the storm at the same time. Our home with the heated gutter has been managing the accumulation throughout the entire storm, and the days following. The photo of the other home (right) does not have heat cable. Notice the difference?
Watch the time-lapse video below documenting our heated gutter during, and after Storm Stella:
Even with such a large accumulation of snow, the heated gutter system effectively managed the snow preventing large icicle formation and ice dams.
A couple of the gutters on our rented office building have accumulated some ice damming following this storm. As a direct result of this, we have some leaking into our office causing a huge wet spot on the carpet. This is an example of the dangers associated with ice damming. This leaking into your home can cause many costly problems like water damage, flooding, mold and/or damages to your belongings.
Installing a heated gutter system and proactive snow removal from your roof are the two best ways to prevent ice damming on your home. Severe ice damming has the potential to cause large headaches and pricey damages to your home. If you are interested in having a heated gutter system installed on your home, call us today!