Here are some ways to prevent ice dams from forming this winter:
- Keep gutters clear of debris and snow, including the bottom of the downspouts so that when the snow begins to melt the water may flow freely.
- Roof rakes can be used to remove snow from the roof and gutter line. BE EVER MINDFUL OF THE PRESENCE OF ELECTRICAL WIRING WHEN USING A ROOF RAKE.
- Remove the build-up of ice:
o If you use a ladder to access this area, have a partner hold the ladder steady and
watch for falling icicles.
may damage the shingles) and again, always be mindful of the location of all
o If you are uncomfortable, or believe the situation is unsafe, consider hiring a
licensed and insured contractor to complete the work.
• Use a melting agent like calcium chloride, which is one of the most common agents
used. For added effectiveness, we suggest placing it in a nylon stocking, which allows for the agent to remain in place for a longer period of time and to be released gradually, extending the melting process.
Source: Arbella Insurance