Its IOWA and its the season.....for ice dams. As of 2.18.19, we have gotten 48.2" of snow....AND we got another 6" on Wednesday. That is 54.2".
Personally I LOVE snow, but I know most do not. Ice dams are one reason that people do not like winter.
ICE DAMS are due to snow starting to melt on your roof (usually due to poor insulation in your attic), then refreezing, thus creating a ice dam right at the edge of your roof (directly over your overhang). Might look neat, but it backs ice and water up under your shingles and could then slowly starts to leak into your attic and your home. Ice dams could also result in HUGE formations of icicles. So do a walk around the neighborhood. How do people's roofs look?
For most in NE Iowa, its not good and usually worse for older homes with less insulation in the attics space.
If you already have ice dams:
1) move as must snow as you can off your roof. Make sure to not damage your shingles in the process. 'Ice rakes' can be purchases at most home stores (or even rented).
2) clean your gutters (in the fall!) so that water is able to run away and not held up by leaves and other debris. Some people really like gutter guards, I am still deciding what my verdict is.
3) do NOT put salt on your roof--I have witnessed this once, the damage to your gutters and shingles will be costly. Some home stores also sell a product called 'roof melt'. I have not experimented with this to offer a thought on this. I found this recommendation: Fill one leg of an old pair of pantyhose with calcium chloride ice melter. Place it on the roof, pointed toward the peak with one end hanging over the ice dam. It will melt a channel through the ice for water to run off.
If you want to prevent ice dams:
1) check your in attic. STOP your heat loss areas. Insulate if you need to. Or for some, check your ventilation in the attic as well. In our house, I added recessed light covers (fire safe) in the attic, that helps drafts in your living space AND stops heat loss to the attic as well.
Have a great weekend peeps......and prepare for our next gift from Mother Nature--this time a wintry mix.
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa. This blog is about life, of which Real Estate is a part of. Happy reading!