How To Prevent And Remove Ice Dams
To the unaware homeowner, ice forming on their roofs may seem like a normal thing. But ice dams that form on your roof may lead to an even bigger problem. That’s why it is important to know what they are, how to spot one, and how to get rid of it before it does damage to your home. Here’s what you need to know about ice dams, and how you can prevent any from forming in the future.
What Is An Ice Dam?
Ice dams form when water from melting snow and ice freeze at the roof’s edge. If you are not removing snow off your roof regularly, the water from the melting snow may not drain properly. That is because there is a sheet of ice that is large enough to withhold the water from running off. If water is unable to drain off your roof, it may reroute into your home by way of the roof’s shingles.
How To Spot Ice Dams
See those icicles forming on your roof? They sure look pretty when the sun hits them, huh? Well, that could be nature’s way of saying “Hey, you should check your roof for ice dams”. Also, icicles also set the stage for these ice dams. If the icicles are in gutters and there is no water trapped behind them, an ice dam has not been formed. Icicles themselves can be dangerous, especially when they are falling off the roof. When you can do so safely, remove the icicles off the edge of your roof. Make sure you do this at a safe distance and not when you’re underneath them.
Be sure to check your attic for any water stains or moisture. Also, check the exterior walls. If any water stains or moisture is visible, then an ice dam has formed and water may have already entered the house.
How To Remove Ice Dams
There are a few ways to remove ice dams from your home. The obvious way to remove them is to clear your roof of any snow piles using a snow rake. Be sure to do this at a safe distance. Any snow that is removed must not block off any paths or doorways. Another way is to use calcium chloride. This should be available in stores that sell home improvement products. Do not use sodium chloride or rock salt as it can do damage to your roof.
Ice Dam Prevention
Ice dam prevention should be done even before wintertime. This can be done by making sure that your attic is properly insulated. You should also check to see if there are any openings that can allow warm air to escape. Be sure to insulate and caulk any openings around vent pipes, light fixtures, attic hatches, chimneys, and exhaust fans.
Be sure to keep the gutters clean, even during the winter months. Of course, another obvious way to prevent ice dams from forming is to regularly clean off your roof of any snow.
When In Doubt…Trust A Professional
You should not use a ladder when removing ice dams in either snowy or icy conditions. This could pose a danger and should be left up to the professionals.
If you need a professional contractor to help you remove these ice dams and prevent any damage to your home, contact Hickory Property Services today.
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