Prevent Ice Dams and Costly Damage to Your Home
If you live in Minnesota, you may get ice dams on your roof in the wintertime. An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof, usually at the gutters or soffit. Additional melting then backs up behind the ice dam and creates a pool of water, which can leak into your home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
How Can I Prevent Ice Dams?
Using a roof rake to remove snow from your roof will help prevent ice dams from forming and leaving behind costly damage. Follow these steps to safely rake your roof:
- Stay on the ground to avoid a risky fall and possibly costly damage to the home.
- Clear a path around house by retracing your steps until the snow is nicely packed. A few minutes building a path through the snow so that you can walk on top of it will save you lots of trudging through deep snow and falling into holes.
- Start on the left side of the house, clearing the overhangs first. Pull off a foot or so of snow at a time, working your way to the peak. Pull down with a slight tug until you clear the gutter. Gravity will help you pull the snow down. Shift to the right and repeat this process for another section of snow.
- Step forward, reach, and rock back. Repeat the step, reach and pull motion as you work your way from one end of house to the other.
- Now repeat on the other 3 sides of the house.
- Be mindful of where the snow falls as you pull it down from the roof. Remember that you will need to shovel any snow from driveways and walkways, so don’t let it pile up too high in one area.
Ice dams can’t form without snow. A good rule of thumb is to clear your roof after 6 inches of heavy, wet snow or 12 inches of dry, fluffy snow. If you’re able to prevent ice dams, you’re far more likely to prevent your roof from leaking and damaging the inside of your home.