Prevent Ice Dams from Ruining Your Family Winter Activities

Ice dams on the edge of the roofA lot of people look happy when winter comes due to the holidays and the cool breeze it brings. Preparation is a must to ensure that indoor winter activities won’t be bothered by incidents such as a collapsing roof due to heavy snow.

If you plan to spend holidays in Minneapolis, where snow is a natural occurrence during winter, make sure you have the right tools to remove snow on your roof before the season comes. Plus, you should have a list of local snow removal companies near your area in case of emergency.

More importantly, you must know and understand how to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.

Ice Dams: An Overview

There are a couple of factors how ice dams form on the roof. Aside from experiencing heavy snowfall and outside temperature below 30 degrees, of course, clogged gutter system and uneven heat distribution could add up to forming of ice dams.

If you aren’t sure how to check these things, have a professional do it for you long before the winter season comes.

How Ice Dams Form

Snow usually melts when near the chimney or the warmer parts of the roof. So when it slides down to the gutter which is below 30 degrees, it turns into ice.

Over time as ice dams mount up, it becomes very heavy. This could cause damage to the gutter, crack the roof covers and then flow to the attic, seep through the ceiling and into the interior walls. Now, you have a bigger problem.

Preventing Ice Dams from Forming

As a homeowner, the most important thing you can do to help prevent ice dams from forming is to ensure that gutters and downspouts are clear of fallen leaves before the winter comes.

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And when the winter comes, use your snow removal tools when you see at least 6 inches of snow already forming on your rooftop.

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