How to Prevent Ice Dams
You can take numerous actions to prevent an ice dam from forming on your property both before and after a snowfall. Whether you are concerned about a dam forming on your home or one forming on your building, you can follow these useful tips in order to prevent a catastrophe!
To stop an ice dam:
Keep your attic insulated
Improve ventilation, especially in the eaves and ridge
Prevent air leaks- caulk any gaps or openings
Install an extra barrier under the shingles to prevent water from seeping into home or building
Seal and insulate ducts
Cold temperatures can sometimes have their way of forming a dam on your property despite following these tips. Be sure to:
Clear snow from roof after every snow shower
Clear gutters of any leaves, snow, or debris
Clear around downspouts, too
However, your safety is your first priority! Snowy and icy conditions make everything more slippery and dangerous. Do not use a ladder or attempt climbing, as you could slide off the surface or the ladder. If you find it unsafe to remove an ice dam you spot on your property, for example, call a professional immediately!
Give us a call at SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney and of Silver Spring North today if you have any questions or needs! Our number is (301)340-1313.