Icicles, although pretty, are good indicators that your eavestroughs are block up by ice dams. The presence of ice dams can be very detrimental to your roof as they can lead to leaks, tear gutters, and loosen up your roof shingles.

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam forms as a result of poor insulation, which causes excess heat from the attic to escape and begin to warm up the roof. The heat causes snow from the roof to melt. When the water reaches the cold edges, it refreezes and begins to build up ice. Ice dams should be dealt with immediately, as they can lead to problems such as leaks or damage to the structure of your house.

How to Remove Ice Dams

1. Remove the Snow – Since snow it one of the main elements required in the formation of an ice dam, get to the root of the problem and remove it. This can be done by raking the snow off or seeking expert assistance by hiring a roofing company in Ontario, if necessary.

2. Remove the Ice Dam – To remove an ice dam from your roof, use an ice melt product to get rid of the dam. You can find various ice melt products at your local hardware store, but make sure that you pick a product that will not damage your roof or plants in your garden.

Removing an ice dam from your roof does pose risk. If you think it will be dangerous to access your roof during the winter, we recommend that you contact us for expert assistance.

Prevention of Ice Dams

1. Increase Insulation – Ensuring your attic receives the proper insulation is the number one method of preventing the formation of an ice dam. This will stop heat from escaping and prevent the temperature of the roof from fluctuating too much.

2. Properly Ventilate Roof, Attic and Eaves – It is essential for an attic to have proper ventilation to avoid overheating. High ventilation can be delivered by numerous vents or through powered ventilation.

3. Install Heat Tape – This option is useful only in limited situations where there is presence of a light amount of snow. The heat tape can be placed on the roof.