Are you ready for this winter season? Many people are preparing their homes for cold weather, particularly their roofs. In the winter, ice dams are fairly common on roofs, and not everyone knows how much damage they can cause. Ice dams are made from snow and ice, and prevent water from leaving your rooftop. This allows the water to gather and freeze on your roof, leading to a whole host of problems. In this article we will discuss 3 ways that you can prevent ice dams, and one simple way to remove them if you already have them!
If you already have ice dams on your roof, removal is pretty simple. Simply use a snow rake to break apart the dam, and pull it gently from your roof top. Using the rake from the ground is much safer than climbing onto a cold and slippery roof. Be sure to be gentle when you are removing the ice dams, however, as you do not want to cause any damage to your roof’s edge.
The first step in prevention is to improve the insulation and the ventilation in your attic. Proper insulation will keep your attic warmer, which will in turn keep your roof from gathering ice in the first place. Proper ventilation ensures that the humidity in your attic is at an optimal level, which is also a key component in preventing ice and snow build up. While insulation can often be a DIY job, ventilation can be tricky, so be sure to call an expert for assistance if you think you may have ventilation problems. Another form of prevention is the installation of heated cables along the edges of your roof. These cables will also effectively prevent the build up of ice and snow.