Dealing with Roof Ice Dams

Hopkins, MN. Home Remodeling.

If your ice dam is actively leaking into your home, see my Emergency Roof Ice Dam Fast Fixes to reduce the damage. To keep ice dams from forming, you can use a roof rake or broom to remove the snow off the roof. Remove snow at least two feet past the line where the eaves meet the roof.

Eventually you should deal with the causes of the ice dams on you home. They are 1. heat loss from your home 2. snow cover 3. outside temperature. Unfortunately we can’t do much about the outside temperature, you can keep the snow off your roof but that’s dangerous and a lot of work. The best solution is to reduce the amount of  heat getting into your attic from inside your home by sealing all the attic bypasses. Using attic fans can depressurize the attic and draw warm moist air out of the house and into the attic. Also just adding insulation without sealing attic bypasses could actually increase the amount of air leakage.

Hopkins, MN. Home Remodeling.

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