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Ice dams- How they form and the dangers

Ice Dam

Winter will be here before we know it! Ice dams are a reality for many in the Inland Northwest.

Ice dams are formed due to poor insulation and ventilation in your home. Your attic will heat up and melt the snow that has collected on your roof. When it trickles down your home, it freezes back into ice. This frozen ice (ice dams) typically collect at the bottom of your homes soffit. A soffit is the underside of your eaves. Or, they collect by your gutters. To put it simply, ice dams are a wall of ice along the edge of your roof.

There are few preventive measures you can take so this doesn’t happen:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts of debris each fall before winter strikes
  • Get your attic inspected for proper ventilation and insulation
  • Ask Glacier Property Solutions about proper ice and water shield

Ice dams can cause severe damage to your home. They can tear of your gutters, loosen shingles, and even cause water to back up under those shingles and get into your home!

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