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Winter is already in full swing, and you’ll want to make sure your gutters are free from ice damming. A typical problem in the cold season, ice dams occur when snowmelt running down your roof refreezes along your gutters. One way to mitigate this issue is to have it cleared by an ice dam removal company. But will this actually be necessary? Gutter Helmet® of Minnesota, the trusted source of quality rain gutter guards in the area, answers that here.

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When the Work is Done Poorly, Then It’s Unnecessary

Sloppy ice dam removal is actually pretty easy to spot. You’ll easily know when the service company is:

  1. Using the wrong equipment. Imagine seeing the ice dam removal contractor whip out a hammer and chisel–and actually use them! There’s a relatively safe and effective way to get rid of ice buildup along your gutters, and these are not it. The wrong equipment can run the risk of extensive roof and gutter damage, making them more susceptible to leaks. You might want to drop the contractor promptly if a hammer and chisel are their go-to ice dam removal tool.
  1. Not using steam. Pros actually use steam to melt the ice accumulation along your gutters. But some companies will use hot water instead, which is never effective. 
  1. Poor technique. Those professionals who do use steam will know how to make them work. They’ll separate large pieces one at a time, removing each section, then dropping them to the ground. The more unreliable service providers, however, would just spray the entire gutters all at once. This will take longer and will cost you more money in labor costs.

Ice Dam Prevention is Always the Way to Go

You can hire a more reliable company to remove the ice dam from your gutters and roof, but are you willing to spend money for regular service? The costs of ice dam removal can stack over time, so you should consider investing in a solution you only need to pay once. Gutter Helmet® of Minnesota can help you with this. Aside from effective rain gutter guards, we also offer the high-quality Helmet Heat® Ice Reduction System, which uses an exclusive self-regulating heating cable designed to keep ice and snow from accumulating up and around the edges of your roof. With this solution, you no longer have to worry about damage resulting from ice damming and frozen gutters. Plus, you can avoid the high costs of a regular ice dam removal service. 

Look no further than Gutter Helmet® of Minnesota for top-tier ice dam removal solutions. We proudly serve the areas in and around Monticello, Minnesota. Call us today at (866) 200-5339 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.

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