Ice dams and ice buildup typically occur after a large snowfall with multiple days of freezing temperatures. The heat inside your home rises to the roof area, melting the snow on the roof. The melted snow then drains down to the roof edge and hits the cold metal edge surface of your roof. That metal edge surface is typically around the same temperature as the air temperature outside. If it is below freezing, that is when ice will begin to form. With weather conditions this time of year, it is nearly impossible to totally eliminate ice buildup, however, there are many ways to reduce it before it becomes a problem. Here are a few tips:
- Ensure your attic is properly insulated and ventilated.
- Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris (best to do in Fall before the first snow).
- Roof rake the edges of the roof to allow any snow melt to freely flow.
- If you have a major ice dam place calcium chloride tablets in those areas to help melt the ice (tablets can be purchased at your local hardware store).
- DO NOT attempt to get on your roof or chip away ice dams as this can cause harm to yourself and/or damage to your roof.
Don’t hesitate to contact us and we can evaluate your home to better address any concerns or issues you may be having. 518.384.7362