Here in Bozeman, we know that snow and ice can do some nasty things to our house and cars. Ice dams are a major issue that needs to be nipped in the bud right when they begin. You may think those large icicles look beautiful hanging from your roof, but this is a sign of a larger issue. Ice dams are a wall of ice on your roof that prevents the snow from properly draining off. If the snow remains there, it can seep into your shingles and interior walls causing costly damage. Here are some tips for preventing ice dams.
1. Use heated cables
Maybe instead of hanging your Christmas lights this year, you should install heated cables along the edge of your roof in a zigzag pattern. This will allow the water that has formed to continue to drain off your roof.
2. Make sure your attic is well-insulated
Make sure your attic is well-insulated as well as properly ventilated to keep the snow melting from the roof and draining off and not in to the house.
3. Close the gaps in your drywall
By caulking the gaps, less heat will escape to your attic. Ice dams form when the heat escapes to the main part of the roof causing the snow to melt, but then the edge of the roof are still cold so it freezes. Equalize your roof’s temperature to prevent this.
4. Get professional help
Once the ice dams have formed, it may be time to seek professional help. The less build-up the less damage, so do it right away!