A gutter in the winter will collect snow and ice. The more snow we have, the more snow in the gutter. As the sun comes out and melts the snow, the gutter will begin draining water. In some instances homeowners may get icicles as a result of freezing and thawing. Some houses will even get ice damming. Ice damming is when ice travels under your shingles and as it melts it can get into your home causing major damage. Ice damming occurs mostly on homes that do not have a vented soffit or ridge vent on their roof. In the fall when preparing for winter, be sure to clean the gutters of debris, inspect seams and anchors, check for structural damage, and check your downspouts. Having a proper cleaning right before winter will help with this winter build up.