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Those icicles hanging on houses and businesses is often the aftermath of this years winter storms.  We're seeing how they decorate houses and businesses in the Quad Cities.  For some of those buildings it could be a bad sign when spring arrives.

"The icicles ...they're all along my gutter," Tommy Dechant explained.

Tommy Dechant is singing the same tune other homeowners have been singing this winter: those long, spikes of ice are forming right outside our homes.  It's a homeowners nightmare. It's an extra expense added on to our already long list of things to do.

"Right now, my gutter is actually  bowed out. if we get any more snow it's probably going to end up falling off," Dechant said.  "There's really not a whole lot we can do seeing how the gutters are so high without getting on the ladder. There's a lot of snow and ice on the ground. When they form we just try and knock them off."

Craig Christenen with Fanth-Curry Home Improvement says most gutters this time of year are filled with ice and you should just let it melt.  He says the likelihood of your gutters falling off because of heavy icicles depends on how old your house is.

"The only thing you can do to help that is to make sure you have proper insulation in your attic and to make sure your attic is properly ventilated," said Fanth-Curry Home Improvement supervisor Craig Christiansen.  "It's actually pretty unlikely. If the facial board is good and screws are in where they're supposed to be then it's unlikely for it to happen.  It's a lot less likely with newer homes."

A few tips he offers are if you make sure your attic is properly insulated and ventilated, you stand a change of not having to replace your gutters.   

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