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Buildup of Ice & Snow and Ice Dams

What to do if you are experiencing an Ice Dam:

  • First and foremost  – SAFETY FIRST.  Do not do anything that risks personal injury or further damage.
  • You need to clear the roof of snow on pitched roofs from the gutter edge and up five feet.  For flat roofs, clear off what you can – being certain that the drains are clear and flowing.
    • Many of our clients are calling local landscape services to provide this service
  • This Old House recommends as a temporary fix: Fill the leg of a pair of panty hose with a calcium chloride ice-melter. Lay the panty hose onto the roof so it crosses the ice dam and overhangs the gutter. If necessary, use a long-handled garden rake or hoe to push it into position. The calcium chloride will eventually melt through the snow and ice and create a channel for water to flow down into the gutters or off the roof.
  • If the damage may exceed your deductible, report the claim to us and begin getting estimates to repair the damage. However you will want to be sure the insurance company adjuster views and or approves repairs BEFORE any repairs are made.