Uh-Oh! Frozen Gutters -- What To Do?
The man we hire to clean our gutters didn't show up this fall, then we had a very early onset of winter -- now have over a foot of snow and gutters with leaves and ice in them. DH and I got out there today on a ladder with hammer and pick and made some headway. This was the first day we could try, as it got slightly above freezing and the sun was out. This is a 10/12 pitch roof, if that matters.
What is your best advice? It will be impossible to clean the East and West gutters this way unless we have a really big thaw -- not predicted. I'm most concerned about the South and West gutters causing water to back up under the shingles and cause interior damage. (Melting from the sun during the day and freezing again at night.)
Any ideas? Remove gutters? (Like I could find someone to do that in 18-degree temps.) Lay heat cable in sections and clean as it melts? (What do you buy? Where do you get it?) Make holes in gutters to drain them? (Cheaper to replace gutters than fix water damage.)