The Ice Dam Predicament

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Ice dams?  What are those?  Ice dams are just that: they are dams of ice that have built up on eaves, valleys and gutters.  These dams prevent melting snow and ice from running down.  As snow and ice melt, the water backs up and seeps under tiles or shingles.  Most people think that leaks in roofs are the causes of leakage and damage to exterior walls and ceilings.  While this may be true, it is also important to follow these tips to minimize ice dam formation on your roof:

  • Keep gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and natural debris
  • Identify areas of heat loss in your attic and then properly insulate those areas
  • Insulate heating ductwork in order to reduce heat loss through the attic
  • Use a snow rake or soft broom to clear fresh snowfall from gutters
  • Avoid using sharp tools or ice picks on gutter or downspouts
  • To avoid getting hurt by falling icicles or snow, don't climb on your roof or work on a ladder beneath a roof that has large amounts of snow on it.


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