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What Can I Do to Prevent Ice Dams from Forming on My Roof in Beckley?

2/14/2023 (Permalink)

Ice dams form on a roof. We restore water damage 24 hours a day in Raleigh County.

The best way to prevent ice dams from forming is to remove snow from the roof as soon as safely possible. Our local team in Beckley witnesses firsthand the damage ice dams can do to a structure and offer these tips for preventing roof ice dams from the National Weather Service:

  • If you haven’t already, thoroughly clean all leaves, sticks, and other debris from your home’s gutters and downspouts. This allows melting snow to flow into gutters and downspouts.
  • Make every effort to keep snow on your roof to a minimum. Long-handled devices on the market called “roof rakes” let you stand on the ground and pull the snow off the roof. Keeping heavy snow loads off your roof reduces the chances of ice dam formation and roof failure due to the weight.
  • All winter long, keep gutters and downspouts clear of snow and icicles
  • Evaluate the insulation and ventilation in your attic. Most experts agree that the R-value of the attic insulation should be at least R-30 (R-38 is preferable in northern climates). In addition, good airflow under the eaves or soffit area along the underside of the roof and out through the vents is essential. The venting allows the attic air to stay cold enough to prevent or minimize the freeze/thaw cycle on the roof.

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