SPRINGIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An ice dam forms along your roofline when the melting snow re-freezes at the edge. So the weather pattern we’ve had, sunny days, cold nights and more snow, has created a perfect condition for ice dams to form.
However, you have to be careful. Ice dams can block your gutter, break the gutter, loosen shingles and cause water to back up into your house. That’s why it’s important to be diligent about clearing fresh snow off your roof.
According to Jason Young of the Rocky’s in Agawam, “It expands, which is the other problem. You get that melt, and the ice expands, and it’s going to blow apart anything that’s near, which is another reason to keep it from the gutter. It expands from the gutter. It’s going to pull it off the house. That’s a headache nobody wants this time of the year.”
To try to remove the ice dams before we get more snow this weekend, you can knock it off with a roof rake, but only if you can reach the roof safely. You can use Calcium Chloride to try to melt the ice dam; don’t use rock salt. You could also hire a professional.
Some long-term solutions to ice dams include insulating your attic, and installing a water-proof layer under the shingles to act as an extra barrier.
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