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