Clearing the snow off your roof from the gutters up three or four feet after each storm can help ice dams from forming. Care needs to be taken. It may not be a great idea to use a ladder in icy weather. You can use a snow rake from the ground to scrape off the lower layers.
A flat roof is more suspectible to damage and is easier to clean. Take care when shoveling off the roof even if it is flat. The more snow you can get off the less strain on the roof. Trying to clean the roof after each storm is generally easier than waiting until the weight on the roof has accumulated to a dangerous height.
Ice Dams. What is an ice dam? Ice dams can form when water from melting snow refreezes at the edge of your roofline. When snow accumulates on the roof, an ice dam may grow large enough to prevent water from draining off the roof. This water can back up underneath roof shingles and leak into your home.
The best way to prevent an Ice Dam from forming is to clean the snow regularly off the roof. Also try to clean the downspouts. You can also try to knock the icicles that are hanging over the edge off. Check the attic for signs of any water damage.
To remove an Ice Dam, you need to melt it by putting Calcium Chloride Ice Melt in a nylon stocking across the Ice Dam. Do not use Rock Salt. It can damage your roof. If you cannot safely reach the roof, hire a professional.
You can help prevent Ice Dams by insulating your attic well or installing a water-repellent membrane underneath the shingles when your replace your roof.
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This Blog was originally published on www.lovethemtellthem.com on February 27, 2015