What Are Ice Dams?
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Figure 1 shows a cross section of a home with an ice dam.
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Visible Evidence of Ice Dams
Ice at the eaves
Icicles hanging on the roof for long periods of time
Water stains under the eaves
Water stains and damage visible on exterior walls.
can you Remove An Ice Dam Yourself?
The short answer is yes.
3 Steps To Eliminating An Ice Dam:
- Shovel off snow close to ledge
- Use shovel or pick to clear the ice by the ledge
- use ice melting chemicals to prevent future build up (this is a short term solution)
The only long term solution is to have proper insulation so the roof won’t reach temperatures capable of creating Ice dams. That’s where we come in!