Those pesky ice dams.
What is an Ice Dam, you ask?
An ice dam is a block of ice that forms at the edge of the roof (you can usually tell it’s there if you have a lot of icicles!). The dam effect is that the excess water from the snow pools behind it. Further, this great amount of water can leak into your house and damage walls, ceilings and/or other areas. (Major problems!)
It gets worse when you don’t realize you have an ice dam- the water can refreeze, creating additional dams– many times, it drifts into the gutters–freezing your gutters as well!
Ice dams are prevented by improving the ventilation of your home and the insulation in your attic.
There are some quicker solutions, but I want to emphasize the following before I tell you what they are:
Performing ice dam removal is risking severe personal injury and damage to the roof if not done properly. Never walk on a snow covered roof and make sure if your using a ladder you follow the proper safety procedures. I highly suggest contacting professionals with the proper equipment and roofing experience to carry out this job.
I stole that disclaimer from another site. But, don’t say I didn’t warn you about the dangers of fixing an ice dam.
I found this one online — not sure if it works, but it was charming and quirky enough that I figured I could share it:
Fill a leg of a discarded pair of panty hose with a calcium chloride ice melter. Lay the hose onto the roof so it crosses the ice dam and overhangs the gutter. If necessary, use a long-handled garden rake or hoe to push it into position.
The calcium chloride will eventually melt through the snow and ice and create a channel for water to flow down into the gutters or off the roof.
Weird, but hey- if it works, it works. Again, I do not recommend everyone jump on their roof with pantyhose. I’m just sharing the Internet’s advice with you. 🙂 And I want you to be conscious of what may be happening on your roof.
There is also a product called RoofMelt– AsSeenonTV! Though, I know little to nothing about it.
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