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Preventing Ice Dams

While Medford may not typically get severe winter weather, we are still susceptible to rain, freezing temperatures, and of course, snow. Ice dams can damage your roofing, gutters, and siding and cause flooding issues near your foundation once the temperatures start to rise. It is beneficial to understand what ice dams are and the best way to protect your home from them. 

What Is an Ice Dam?

A roof ice dam is typically caused by the thawing and freezing of water on the surface of your roof. When temperatures are above freezing, snow melts and travels down your slanted roof. As this water reaches your eaves and gutters, it refreezes. Over time, this can cause a significant buildup of water, also known as an ice dam. If you notice significant icicles along your gutters or eaves, this may be a sign of ice damming. 

Preventing Ice Damming

Ice damming can cause significant, costly damage to your home. Regardless of the severity of the winter months, there are a few steps you can take to prevent the likelihood of ice dams from forming. This includes the following:

  • Gutter and downspout cleaning and repair. There are several benefits associated with keeping gutters and downspouts clear of dirt and debris. Before winter hits, you want to clear out any leaves, twigs, or other clog hazards. 
  • Prevent Snow Buildup. When heavy snowfall does occur, it is best to try and keep what snow may pile up on your roof to a minimum. Preventing heavy snow buildup minimizes the risk of ice damming, as well as helps to prevent any failure of your roofing system due to weight. 
  • Repair or replace gutters and downspouts. If your gutter or downspouts aren’t operating properly, this can cause issues for you year-round. It is best to have any repairs or replacements you need to be done by a professional.

If you are experiencing ice dams, or need to update your gutter system, contact us today.