If you live in Minnesota than you’re familiar with the term “ice dams.” Ice dams occur when water builds up behind a blockage of ice – and if this happens on your home’s roof it can result in mega damage.
And while Minnesotans can usually blame snow for all of our winter woes, when it comes to ice dams it’s the freezing temps followed by that brief thaw (or heat from your roof) that result in the build up of ice dams.
If you notice ice dams building on your home’s roof, ENERGY STAR offers these tips for resolving the issue:
- Don’t get on your roof to solve this problem, it could be dangerous.
- Avoid standing on the ground and “chipping away” at the ice. Not only could this cause damage to your roof, but you can be seriously injured by falling ice, debris, or tools.
- Contacting a roofing contractor to fix your roof leak will not prevent future ice dams.
- Seal air leaks and sealing duct air leaks in your attic to stop warm air leakage (the source of the problem).
- After sealing leaks, add additional insulation in your attic.
- Provide adequate attic ventilation so that the underside of the roof and outside air are at the same temperature. Check to make sure attic insulation is not blocking roof ventilation.
- Clean leaves and other debris from gutters before the first snow. This will help prevent ice build-up in gutters.
- Hire a contractor who is an energy specialist or specializes in air sealing to do an in-home evaluation. A good specialist will use diagnostic equipment to evaluate the performance of your home and generate a customized list of improvements.
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