How Homeowners Should Deal With Icicles, Frozen Gutters And Furnaces

KDKA's Meghan Schiller talks to frustrated homeowners who are ready for spring and an expert on how to handle the winter weather.

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- And with that forecast, it is clear that winter is far from over.

- And with brutally cold temperatures again this weekend, Meghan Schiller has been talking with roofing, gutter, and heating experts about how to be prepared. Meghan.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Kim, we're getting you all the information. And I knocked these icicles off at 5 o'clock, and they're already back. Just rude. Now these ones are within reach, but those ones up there-- yeah, not so much. And experts say don't try to be a hero this weekend.

Pittsburgh feels like a big block of dripping ice.

PHILLIP EVANS: If you walk around your street in Pittsburgh, you're gonna see that 80% of the houses have icicles coming off them.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Gutter and roofing expert Phillip Evans is already getting calls from homeowners feeling anti-icicle.

PHILLIP EVANS: They were getting some water in their house from the ice down in their basement. So they try to do it that way, and they just end up putting holes in their gutters.

ALAN FEINBERG: All part of being a homeowner. [LAUGHS]

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Alan Feinberg's swollen and frozen gutters sprung a new problem inside.

ALAN FEINBERG: We actually got some water in our kitchen that we think, after that heavy rain we had the other night with all the ice, and we think it backed up under the roof there.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: He's hiring help instead of landing himself in the hospital.

PHILLIP EVANS: I don't recommend anybody set ladders up, getting up under the gutters, busting icicles off.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Homeowners staying inside will rely heavily on this guy.

BILL GAGRIC: The big thing this morning was an emergency install.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Heating expert Bill Gagric says stop cranking the thermostat. Keep it between 70 and 72.

BILL GAGRIC: A lot of no heat at really odd times. Normally our latest call is around 8 o'clock in the evening, you know, but we've had some late ones.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: It's never convenient. It's never a good time.

BILL GAGRIC: No, no, they never go down at a convenient time. They only break when we need them most, right?

MEGHAN SCHILLER: And he wants all homeowners to remember this.

BILL GAGRIC: They went out, they purchased the 1-inch, 90-day filter, and they take it for granted that that's gonna be 90 days. Every house is different. 90 days in one house may not be 90 days in yours.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: So this weekend, as the temperatures drop and the snow continues to accumulate, some people might run into issues with their furnaces. He did want people to know this. If that happens and you call a company and they say they are going to need more than a couple of days, he said start calling around.

No one in this Pittsburgh area should be waiting more than a day in order to get their furnace serviced. Reporting live in the South Hills, Meghan Schiller, KDKA News.