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Preventing Ice Dams

Preventing Ice Dams

To prevent ice dams, there are several steps you can take:

Insulate your attic - Proper insulation helps to keep the heat inside your home, preventing it from escaping to the attic and melting the snow on the roof.

Ventilate the attic - Good attic ventilation allows cold air to circulate, keeping the roof surface cold and preventing snow from melting and refreezing.

Seal air leaks - Seal any gaps or cracks in your attic, such as around chimneys, vents, and light fixtures.  This helps to prevent warm air from escaping and melting the snow on the roof.

Clear snow from the roof - Use a roof rake or hire a professional to remove excess snow from the roof after a heavy snowfall.  This reduces the weight on the roof and minimizes the chances of ice dams forming.

Install heat cables - Heat cables can be installed along the roof edges and gutters to melt the snow and prevent ice dams from forming.  However, they should be used as a  last resort and not as a permanent solution.

Remember, it’s always a good idea to consult with a professional to access your specific situation and provide tailored advice for preventing ice dams.