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Some Timely Information for Homeowners
Prevent Ice Dams from Forming on Your Roof
When temperatures plummet and snow
starts falling, many of us reach for the shovel
or snow blower. Smart homeowners,
though, remember to look up too — and
check their roofs for ice. Ice dams are accumulations
of ice on the edge of the roof —
and they mean Big Trouble for you and
your home, so be on the lookout.
What’s the big deal, you ask? Ice dams
result in water seepage, which can rot roofs,
destroy insulation, flood attics and ruin
gutters. Moisture damage can extend far
inside the home, damaging ceilings, paintwork
and belongings. The dampness encourages
mold, too, which can trigger nasty
You may have heard that gutters cause
ice dams by providing a place for water to
collect. Wrong! You may also have heard
that installing heating cables along the gutter
line is the best way to prevent ice dams.
Wrong again! Yep, there’s a lot of misinformation
out there. Let’s look at where ice
dams really come from.
How Ice Dams are Born
In poorly insulated homes, warm air escapes
through the ceiling and into the attic.
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