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Steps for Reducing Ice Dam Formation

By February 15, 2016October 18th, 2023No Comments

Taking preventive measures against ice dams can save you from all the damage and unnecessary expenses they may bring. In this post, Gutter Helmet of Northern Minnesota shares ways to deal with existing ice dams and to prevent them from forming.

Existing Ice Dams

When removing existing ice dams, the key is to be patient. Here’s a step-by-step guide for removing ice dams:

Step 1. Break the Ice Dams

Break the ice dams into small chunks with a blunt mallet by tapping them lightly. Do not use an ax or any sharp tool, as that may damage your shingles.

Step 2. Clear the Gutters and Downspouts

Clear your gutters and downspouts from any dirt or debris that may cause blocking. This requires a ladder and if you’re uncomfortable about working at that height, it’s best to let professionals handle this step.

Step 3. Melt Troughs

Use a calcium chloride ice melter for troughs. Avoid using rock salt since it can damage metal, paint, plants, and other areas where the salty water drains.

You can also create a good trough-maker with a pantyhose leg. Fill it with calcium chloride, tie off the top, and then lay it across the ice dam. By slowly melting its way through the dam, it will clear a path for the underlying water.

Reduce Ice Dams

Scrape snow from your roof as often as possible with a snow rake or a plastic shovel. It also helps to keep the entire roof at the same temperature as the eaves through efficient ventilation and insulation, and by sealing off every possible air leak.

Properly hanging gutters is important, since ice dams that break free can pull gutters off with it. This may cause damage to windowsills, plants, cars, and even pets and people. Installing your gutters securely and these gutter cleaning tips in Grand Rapids MN, and the local area, can help prevent these accidents. You should also consider installing an effective gutter protection system to help you ensure your gutters are clog-free. This prevents standing water from happening, which is a major culprit behind ice dams.

Let Gutter Helmet of Northern Minnesota help you avoid ice dams with an efficient gutter protection system! Call us today for a free quote.