Look out for ice dams on your roof and gutters

February 1, 2011

Ice dam weather

Preventing Ice Dams 

Ice dams are typically caused by uneven heat loss from your home in wintry conditions such as snow, heat melting the snow, and cold temperatures re-freezing melted snow.  As the water pools, it backs up under your roofing material and can cause expensive water damage.  During cold, winter months, the icicles on your home’s eaves may be a sign that a ridge of ice (ice dam) is forming at the edge of the roof.  If an ice dam forms, sprinkle a melting compound to break it up.  Avoid using traditional "rock salt," as it may cause further damage and faster deterioration of your gutters.

This timely information is courtesy of Pam McCarthy, First Weber Group Insurance

Stay safe everyone! And thanks for reading the First Weber Wisconsin real estate & Wisconsin living blog.

If you have advice to share about how you prevented ice dams at your Wisconsin property, please let us know in the comments.

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