How To Safely Remove Ice Dams From Your Roof

Iced roof

Winter is coming. Well, not for a few more months. But it is best to be ready. Let’s face it. Winter, no matter how pristine and beautiful, presents some very real problems for your home. This is particularly true if you do not take the necessary protective measures.

Take ice dams, for instance. They are a common problem among homeowners during winter. Ice dams form when heat seeps from your attic ceiling and out onto the roof. This causes ice to melt and trickle down the eaves until it forms ice build-up. It is an effect of poor insulation or ventilation. If not attended to, ice dams can cause a lot of damage to your house. Here are some ice dam removal tips to help you.

Call the Pros

If you feel your ice dam problem is too big for to tackle on your own, you can always hire professional help. They will not only remove ice dams and other winter-related problems. They can also address your insulation and other roofing issues.

Remove Snow from Your Roof

Ice dams form after a heavy snowfall, so you need to act fast. Get your roof rake and remove at least four feet of snow. This will remove the insulation in your room caused by the snow and prevent it from melting.

Use Calcium Chloride

You can buy these at your hardware store. Bring a scoop. Climb a ladder (make sure you have someone holding it steady for you). Then, scoop some of the calcium chloride and dump it directly onto the snow. You may also fill a nylon stocking with calcium chloride and position it vertically across the dam to create a channel.