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How To Prevent an Ice Dam

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Man using a snow rake on garage roof in winter Use a roof rake to clear as much of the snow as you can

How To Prevent The Formation of Ice Dams

An ice dam can be a serious problem for your Veyo,UT, home. The buildup of water can damage your roof and allow water to leak inside the house. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent the formation of ice dams.

Risk Factors

Ice dams result from uneven temperatures across the roof. Essentially, snow melts on the warmer parts of the roof but hits ice in colder sections and re-freezes before it can drain properly. This process continues until the colder area is covered in ice and blocking a pool of warmer liquid water. Anything that creates uneven roof temperatures increases the likelihood of ice dam formation. The following are some common risk factors:

  • Complex roof designs with many slopes
  • Attic heating ducts
  • Skylights
  • Chimneys

Ice Dam Prevention

If you are in a winter storm or simply snowy weather, keep a check on the condition of your roof if possible. If snow is beginning to melt, use a roof rake to clear as much of the snow as you can. If there is no snow on the roof, it cannot form a dam when it melts. More permanent solutions include making the ceiling of your home air tight so that heat cannot reach the attic. You can also add more ceiling insulation to keep heat in the home instead of escaping to the roof. For new construction, you may consider a simple and fairly level roof design without skylights or other risk factors.
If you discover a dam on your roof, it is best to take care of it as soon as possible to prevent damage. Ideally, you will create a channel through the dam so that the snowmelt can drain freely. Calcium chloride can help melt the ice.
Hopefully, the above information will help you prevent damage to your roof and home this winter. If, however, your home is damaged, a professional restoration team can restore damage from an ice dam or other winter storm issues, so you can get your home back to normal quickly and safely.

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