Look up! The snow on your roof can cause more problems than snow on your sidewalk. When it comes to ice dams, think safety first – safety for your property and safety to you. Contact Total Construction & Maintenance first.
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. The drawing shows a cross section of a home with an ice dam.
Preventing an ice dam is easy.
Simply remove snow from the roof. This eliminates one of the ingredients necessary for the formation of an ice dam. A “roof rake” and push broom can be used to remove snow.
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