5 Smart Ways to Prevent Ice Dams This Winter

12 October 2017
12 October 2017, Comments: 0

5 Smart Ways to Prevent Ice Dams This Winter

Allowing ice dams to form around your home can create all kinds of havoc this winter season. If you want to survive the season with the integrity of your home intact, you need to take action now, before the snow starts to fall and the ice starts to form.

Preventing ice dams is not as hard as you might think. With a little bit of vigilance and a bit of your time, you can keep your home ice-free all winter long, giving you and your family one less thing to worry about.

#1. Clear It Out

The easiest and surest way to prevent ice dams from forming is to clear out the spaces they would otherwise occupy. When the snow falls and collects on your roof, ice dams will surely follow.

That is why it pays to hire a professional to climb the roof and remove the accumulated ice and snow. Removing ice and snow buildup from your roof now means no ice dams later.

#2. Know Your Exterior

It may be cold outside, but that does not mean you cannot walk around the exterior of your home and look for signs of damage. Ice dams do typically appear out of nowhere; they form over time.

Knowing the early warning signs of ice damming can mitigate the damage and help you get a handle on the situation. Check the position of your downspouts and make sure they are channeling water away from your home. Check your gutters for blockages and damage, remove dead leaves and other debris that could block them and call for professional help if needed. All these things can help you enjoy a winter free of ice dams and other dangers.

#3. Check Your Ducts

Not all dangers are outside your home. The interior of your home, most notably the ductwork, can also increase the odds of a harmful ice dam.

Make sure all the ducts and exhausts in your home are free and clear, and that they vent to the outside air. Venting ducts into the attic will warm the air and make ice damming more likely.

#4. Keep Heat Loss to a Minimum

The more heat your home loses through the attic and poor insulation, the greater the likelihood that ice dams will eventually form. Reducing that harmful heat loss will keep your home warm and cozy, lowering your winter heating costs and making ice dams far less likely.

Check the insulation in your attic and make sure it is still adequate for your needs. Adding insulation to your attic will help make the space more airtight, equalizing the temperature and reducing the danger of ice dams.

#5. Have Your Chimney Inspected

If your home has a fireplace, have the chimney professionally inspected and cleaned. Broken bricks and other defects in the chimney could give water a way in and make ice dams more likely.

You cannot always see damage to the chimney, so do not rely on a visual inspection alone. Having your chimney professionally inspected once a year will give you peace of mind, and keep ice dams from damaging your home.

Ice dams can be very dangerous to your home, but you do not have to let them happen. With a few simple actions and eternal vigilance, you can keep ice dams from wrecking your winter and putting your home in danger.

If you live in the Chicagoland area and would like a roofing inspection, call us at (847) 827-1605 or visit our contact us page. If you are experiencing ice damming this winter, visit our informational page with pricing. We at A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc. have been serving the Chicagoland area since 2003 and have served closed to 5,000 homeowners and would be happy to serve you! 

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