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Snow is here already. How to Prevent Ice Dams on your roof.

Oct 28, 2011
The snow is already here so now would be a good time to discuss Ice Dams.

Ice dams occur when ice builds up along the eaves of your roof. The dams form when snow and ice melt off the main part of the roof and re-freeze when they reach the eaves. This happens because the eaves tend to be colder than the rest of the roof. If the ice dam grows large enough, it may prevent water from draining off the roof. The water then backs up underneath the shingles and makes its way inside your home. And then the headaches begin.

You can take immediate steps to help prevent damage from the ice dams.
-Clear snow and ice off the roof BEFORE it melts. A roof rake can be a safe and effective way to remove snow from the edges of the roof where ice dams occur.Never climb on a frozen roof.
-Shovel around downspouts to allow gutters to drain freely.
-Properly insulate and vent your attic.

You can prevent costly damages to your home by following the above recommendations. Have a safe winter!

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