As our Pennsylvania winter rages on,  you may start getting annoyed with the amount of snow and ice that is building up on your property. While some homeowners immediately reach for salt to melt all of that ice, not everyone knows the spots where it should and shouldn’t be used. When it comes to your gutters, there are several reasons why you shouldn’t salt them.

Salt Can Damage Your Gutters

Snow salt works by using chemicals to melt ice. However, those chemicals and the other ingredients in the salt can corrode and eat away at your gutters. You’re better off cleaning them out by hand or just waiting for the snow to naturally melt away.

Salt is Bad for the Environment

If that salt can eat away at metal gutters, imagine what it can do to your grass and shrubbery. As the salt mixes in with the water on your property, it can seep into your soil and be absorbed by your plants, and the salt is toxic to them. If they absorb enough of the salt’s chemicals, you can kiss your grass and shrubbery goodbye.

Salt is Bad for Your Pets

Even if it starts up high in your gutters, melted water will eventually bring that salt down to the ground where your pets and other animals in the area can try to eat it. The chemicals in the salt is toxic to animals and can cause severe health issues for them.

What To Do Instead

Rather than salt your gutters, you should invest in preventative measures that get rid of snow before it has the chance to turn to ice. Enter, Helmet Heat.

The Gutter Helmet Heat Roof & Gutter de-icing system is the most effective system available for removing snow on roofs and for greatly reducing ice dams and icicles from forming. Call us today and ask about getting your FREE estimate!