How to Avoid Ice Dams

Winter in the Twin Cities brings so many great things to life. There's hockey, skiing, ice fishing -- I could go on and on. However, the inclement weather brings a few problems as well, specifically ice dams.

Ice dams are sheets of ice that form on the roof due to heat loss from the inside of your home. Untreated, they can cause water to back up under the roof shingles. This water can then enter your home through your ceiling or exterior wall cavity.

How do you know if an ice dam is forming? Well, the best way is to see if there is an ice buildup on the outside of the home. If there is ice buildup around gutters and if there are icicles forming, it might be an indication that there is some heat loss that is melting snow and causing water to run.

If you aren't sure whether you have ice dams, or if you think you do and want to correct it, there are companies that can come out and take a look and find ways to fix the problem.

Heat buildup in the attic is a big cause of ice dams. You want your attic to be cold because when they warm up, it results in melted snow. This often happens when the insulation around the attic access has come away from it. Your insulation may have been compacted over time or the vents that lead out of your attic may be clogged up, resulting in heat gathering in your attic.

If these things happen to your home, you need to call a professional to help you in order to avoid snow melt and ice dams. If you want to reduce the damage as soon as possible, you can also remove the excess snow from your roof.

If you have any questions about this topic, or if you need real estate assistance of any kind, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you!

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