How to Get Rid of Ice Dams
An ice dam pertains to a wall of ice that usually forms at the edge of the roof (gutters or soffit). These are caused by heavy snowfall and mostly by improper ventilation in the attic. With this, it causes warmer areas in your attic then after that, snow begins to melt amidst the cold weather. The accumulated snow on your roof will start to melt then it’ll run down your roof (underneath the snow) then it reaches its freezing point again thus forming ice dams.
This can really more than an unpleasant view as it can cause damage to walls, ceiling, insulations and other areas that they can reach. Fortunately, there are still way to get rid of ice dams and prevent them on making further damages. However, removing ice very careful and don’t e dams can be really challenging and quite dangerous. So here are some of the tips:
Snow melt sock
This is an inexpensive method to prevent icy steps and walkway and as well as getting rid of ice dams. Lay the ice melt sock along the side or just along the roof’s gutter. Position it in such a way that it crosses the ice dam and overhangs the gutter. This will melt through the snow and create a channel for water to flow willingly down into the gutters. There are also refillable ice dam socks that are efficient in breaking ice dams in just a matter of minutes.
The typical ice dam sock is usually 3 pounds in weight and 8 inches long—this can last for months. One sock can melt 20 to 40 square yards. Just simply put one sock every 10 to 15 feet at right angles above channel eaves and gutters. Lastly, make sure that you purchase an environmentally friendly 100% nylon socks. If winter is over, just store the sock in a well-ventilated area.
Use a roof rake and push broom
Before deciding to solve your ice dam problem manually, make sure that you have someone else to assist you as this is a very dangerous task. Never walk on a snow covered roof and when you’re using a ladder, follow properly safety procedures. So, you will have to remove the snow and ice dam from the roof as this will eliminate the main cause of dam formation. Use a roof rake and a push broom to remove them by slowly pulling it down the slope of the roof line. Remember that you should never pull the snow across the roof. His might cause further damage as this can break off your shingles. Afterwards, carefully but surely chip off a channel through the ice dam. This will ensure that the water will be able to flow through. You know when to stop when you are getting closer to the roofing as it is not necessary to remove all the ice from the gutter.
Check your insulation
Ice dams can often be formed because of poor insulation in the attic. Be sure to check attic’s insulation to ensure that it’s adequate enough. If it isn’t, you may want to consult with a professional nearby in order to either replace the insulation or even add to it. The best time to check your roof is during the fall months.
Clean your gutters
Before the snow starts falling, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re cleaning your gutters. Clean out any debris as well as clutter that you find in your gutters.