Twin Cities Real Estate Blog

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.