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Tips for Preventing Ice Dams

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Image of icicles hanging off from the side of the roof of a home. Icicles can be an indicative that an ice dam is forming.

Icicles hanging off the side of your roof may be part of an idyllic winter scene in your mind, but in reality they can also be indicative that an ice dam is forming. Ice dams occur when precipitation gets trapped on the roof and freezes in place. This can lead to damage to both the exterior and interior of your home. Here are some tips for dealing with and preventing ice dams.

3 Tips For Preventing and Dealing With Ice Dams

Identification

The first step of solving any problem is recognizing that you have one. There are several telltale signs that ice may be building up on your roof:

  • Excessive number of icicles hanging from gutters
  • Lack of water flowing out of downspout during a winter storm
  • Signs of water damage in your attic

If you notice these signs, it's important to hire a roofing professional to deal with the buildup and repair the damage to the roof. It doesn't do any good for water damage specialists to resolve the issues inside your home if you don't take steps to fix the problem that caused them.

Removal

Removing an ice dam essentially involves melting it and giving the water a place to flow safely. You want to use an ice melt product that has a calcium chloride base. Avoid products containing harsher salts that are typically used for melting ice on the driveway, as these salts can damage your roofing materials and thus leave your home vulnerable to water damage. Make sure you cover any plants where the melted ice drips so that the are not damaged by the ice melt product.

Prevention

The key to ice dam prevention is simply observation. Have your roof inspected before storm season in West Valley City, UT, begins, and watch for signs that ice dams may be starting to form so that you can deal with them before they become a problem.

An ice dam is not an issue you want to ignore. Pretty icicles can turn into a major disaster in no time.

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