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Champaign Roofing: Article About Quick Ice Dam Fixes

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In colder months, ice dams are a common problem that plague roofs. They can lead to major water leaks that cause significant damage. Ice dams form when snow on the roof melts and refreezes at the eaves or gutter. As the melted snow refreezes, water will accumulate and seep underneath shingles, leading to water leaks and further damage. Homeowners should speak with a Champaign roofing company prior to the winter season to better prepare their home. Should an ice dam begin to form, homeowners can take a few precautions to minimize the damage and stop the dam from worsening.

One of the most effective methods used to temporarily stop an ice dam is heat tape or deicing cables. They can be placed along the eaves to melt the ice, preventing a buildup. Installation of these elements can be dangerous, so it is a good idea for homeowners to contact a professional for help. While it may not be a permanent fix, heat tape will help to resolve an ice dam problem when it is not possible to do structural modifications on the home.

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While many homeowners would think that turning up the heat would rectify an ice dam issue, it can actually worsen the problem. Heat travels up to the attic and through to the roof deck, melting the snow on the roof. The melted snow travels down the warm roof deck until it hits the cooler eave, where it would freeze again. Homeowners should actually keep the heat down to prevent an accumulation of ice. That being said, homeowners need to find a healthy level of heat to avoid the freezing of pipes.

Another way to get rid of ice dams is to manually remove ice and snow from the roof. Homeowners should do this with caution as they put themselves at risk of falling and injury. Homeowners should only attempt this after a heavy snowfall. To be effective, all of the ice and snow will need to be removed. Rakes and shovels are one way to remove snow and ice, but the process can be damaging to shingles if not done properly.

To avoid having to do any of these tasks, it is recommended that homeowners get their roof winterized. With proper preparation during the warmer months, homeowners can avoid ice dams and water leaks in the winter to ensure that their roof stays structurally sound and secure throughout the year.

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