Prevent ice dams from building on your roof

ice_damIf 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.

WCCO-TV recently reported on the start of ice dam season in Minnesota.

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.

(Source)

Minnesota furnace repair

For more energy saving and home comfort tips, visit StayComfyMinnesota.com! Stay Comfy, Minnesota is your Minnesota resource for air conditioning repair, furnace repair and HVAC tips and advice.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Energy Efficiency, Minnesota and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s