How to Remove Ice Dams On Your Roof
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How to Remove Ice Dams On Your Roof

During the harsh Minnesota winter months, you may notice a buildup of ice on your roof covering your gutters. This means you have an ice dam problem. Ice dams form when snow on your roof thaws and then repeatedly refreezes, forming a wall of ice on your gutters. Typically the sun or heat escaping from your home are the culprits that cause the snow to melt, and the cold air of winter makes that melted snow refreeze.

Ice dams are dangerous because they can break off and fall on someone walking by, or can cause moisture buildup on your roof, which may cause roof leaks. However, ice dams can be prevented by keeping heat from your attic and reinforcing insulation.

Removing ice dams is an important part of your home’s winter upkeep, and we’ll show you how to remove ice dams safely.

How NOT to Remove an Ice Dam

First, you should know what not to do when it comes to removing ice dams. Never try to manually remove it by chipping or hammering the ice. You could damage your roof or gutters in this process, and it’s also dangerous for you.

In addition, never use chemicals on your roof, as they can damage your shingles or cause your gutter system to rust. Asphalt shingles are particularly susceptible to deterioration by chemicals. 

How to Remove an Ice Dam

The easiest way to remove ice dams is by using hot water. Slowly pouring hot water on the ice dams can help melt the chunks of ice enough to make them disappear or loose enough for you to carefully remove the ice from the roof.

If you are climbing a ladder to access your roof, make sure you have a spotter holding the ladder and that you do not place the ladder on any slippery spots in your yard.

This method works for small ice dams, but if the problem is bigger, you may have to call in the professionals.

Call Timberline Roofing & Contracting to Remove Ice Dams

If your Minnesota home has ice dams, it’s best to call in the professionals. Timberline Roofing & Contracting has the knowledge and experience to safely remove ice dams, which is a safer option for you and your roof.

We are insured and use special equipment to remove the ice dams. We never use harmful chemicals and methods that may damage your roof and cause more problems.

Our team of qualified professionals is ready to help preserve your roof and gutter system this winter. If you feel safer allowing the professionals to remove your ice dams, call us at 612-284-5329, or send us a message on our website.

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