Those living in colder climates can attest to the incredible snow and ice buildup that occurs every year. Winter can be an uphill struggle fighting ice dams and icicle formation. If you have found yourself with a miniature iceberg capping your home, it is time to remove the ice.
Why Not Let The Ice Melt?
It may seem easiest to let the ice melt, but snow and ice pileup can buckle rooftops and cause shingle damage. Buildings with flat roof surfaces are susceptible to cave-ins. Snow can also melt and refreeze, filling up drainage holes and blocking ditches.
Ice dams, which are ice formations that block water flow, can be extremely damaging. They appear most often on roofs and within gutters. Icicles forming underneath gutters are usually a sure sign that the gutters are completely filled.
On days when the temperature hovers just below freezing, the sun can continually melt and re-freeze the ice until the icicles reach the ground. This extra weight can tear off the gutters and cause damage to your home’s exterior.
Removing the Ice Yourself
Some older methods of ice removal could permanently damage your gutters, your shingles, your home’s water barrier, or all three. The following strategies should be avoided:
Thankfully, there are three safe and effective ways to remove ice, or at least prevent the ice dam from getting too large:
Calling the Professionals
If you haven’t had any luck removing the ice yourself, let Colorado Seamless Gutters help! We have ice-removal methods, like a specialty steamer, and decades of experience giving customers quality gutter service. Contact us today!