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With winter comes snow. The snow covered landscape is undeniably beautiful. Snow cover for homeowners brings with it the potential for ice dams. Icicles are another one of winters beauties until they line the lower edge of your roof. Awe then turns to anxiety as a homeowner now must be vigilant for leaks. Fortunately not all snow fall will create ice dams that can cause leaks. By and large, the deeper the snow, the greater the likelihood for leaks.
In my experience the understanding of what creates ice dams is not always well understood. One theme I hear fairly often is the gutters are to blame. I have talked with several homeowners who have purchased new gutters after being advised they would solve their ice damming issue. While gutters collect the melt water and eventually the ice that forms, they are not the cause for the formation of ice dams.
Simply, ice dams are formed by the accumulated snow on the roof melting and then refreezing at the edge. Of course all snow melts. The problem is when the snow melts too quickly, often exacerbated by a deep pack. The real problem is not the ice dams, for they are the ... more
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