What Not to Use When Breaking Up an Ice Dam on Your Roof

Often we are called in the dead of winter to remedy a leaking roof.  The customer will say he did everything to remove the ice dam and just couldn’t brake it up.  Homeowner’s often use drastic measures to remove ice dams.  The worst thing you can do is use a hammer, hatchet, shovel or some other blunt force tool.

Shingles are made of ashphalt and fiberglass.  When they are frozen they are easy to crack or brake.  When this happens leaking will almost always occur.

There are several preventative measures you can do.

  1. Apply heat tape in your clean gutters and down spouts prior to winter.
  2. Use chlorophyll, not salt, to melt ice.
  3. The most important rule is to make sure your valley’s and gutters have been cleared of debris so the water can flow easily.
  4. Keep snow and ice from blocking the bottom of your downspout.
  5. Make sure you have proper ventilation in your attic so the heat doesn’t rise into the attic causing the snow to melt.
  6. Make sure insulation is not blocking your intake ventilation.
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About Gethin

Chess Roofing & Siding was started by David Chess in 1974. David and Sharon Chess are the business owners and live in the community of Ferndale. Chess is exceptional in residential roofing and siding experience and expertise. Keeping up on new and innovative products to offer for all types of jobs small and large. Gethin loves to help with the tough choice of color and design options that are available to enhance the appearance and curb appeal of your home. The company is active in the Ferndale and South Lyon Communities and help to support or sponsor many community events and programs. Gethin Jones, son of Sharon Chess, is business partner of Chess Roofing and Siding. He brings 20 years of experience with expertise in business management and sales. The crews with Chess have been with the company for many years. They are trust worthy and exceptionally thorough when working with our homeowners. Our crews are what make us the Company to depend on to get the best workmanship possible while working on your home.
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