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How to Prevent Ice Dams

Winter weather can bring snow, ice, and a host of other issues for homeowners. Of all the chores and issues you need to consider, one of the most important to keep in mind are ice dams. Ice dams can cause severe damage to your roof and can be indicative of larger problems. 

 

Ice dams are when your home’s warm air heats your roof, melting the snow, and then it freezes again as ice. Ice dams are bad because they keep melting water from running off your home and can also be heavy and cause damage and leaks. If you’re concerned about ice dams building up on your roof, check out some of Feazel’s best ways to prevent ice dams below!

 

What are ice dams and what causes them?

Ice dams and icicles can cause extensive and costly damage to roof and gutter systems. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roofline and prevents melting snow from draining off. Signs of ice dams include ice buildup in your gutters and icicles. Ice dams can lead to water damage when melted snow and ice backs up behind the dam, pushing under the roof shingles and seeping beneath the roof surface, leaking into the attic where it can start to damage insulation, ceilings, walls, and other areas of your home.

 

Roofs with inadequate ventilation ice up in snowy conditions due to the differences between the attic and outside air temperature. This leads to ice dams at the roof edge as meltwater pools at the ice dam and leaks under the shingles and into your home.

 

Besides reevaluating your attic insulation and attic ventilation systems, there is another step you can take to help protect yourself from these pesky ice dams that doesn’t require you to get on your roof during the cold, and danger, of winter snowfall.

Roof and Gutter Cable Solutions

At Feazel, our heating cables provide an effective and economical method of preventing ice dams and icicles from forming on roofs and in gutters. By installing heated roof and gutter de-icing cables along the edge of your roof and in the gutters and downspouts, a drain path is created allowing meltwater to properly melt and drain away from your roof. This prevents potentially hazardous ice dams while using only pennies of energy a day. Additionally, the self-regulating cable technology automatically adjusts the heat output of the cable based on the surrounding temperature to reduce energy consumption.

 

Roof and gutter cable solutions are designed for both residential and commercial roof and gutter de-icing and pipe heat tracing applications. They are suitable for various roofing materials as well as metal or plastic pipes.

 

Are you interested in learning more about how roof and gutter de-icing cables can help you prevent ice dams and icicles from forming and potentially damaging your roofing system? Call one of our certified technicians today or better yet, schedule your free roof inspection right on our website. Pick a date and time that is convenient for you with our easy-to-use online scheduling tool and one of our friendly staff members will meet you at your home to evaluate and explain your options. Contact us today to learn more!

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