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Strategies to Combat Ice Dam Formation

Even in Medford, where harsh winter weather isn’t a regular occurrence, residents must be prepared for rain, freezing temperatures, and occasional snow. Ice dams can be a significant problem, potentially damaging roofs, gutters, and siding and even causing flooding near foundations when temperatures rise. Understanding ice dams and how to prevent them is essential for protecting your home.

Understanding Ice Dams

An ice dam on the roof is usually the result of snow melting and refreezing. When the roof warms up (above freezing temperature), the snow melts and flows towards the eaves and gutters. In these colder areas, it refreezes, creating an ice dam. A clear sign of ice damming is the presence of large icicles hanging from your gutters or eaves.

How to Prevent Ice Dams

To avoid the extensive damage ice dams can cause, there are several preventative measures you can take:

Regular Gutter and Downspout Maintenance

Keeping gutters and downspouts clean is crucial. Before the onset of winter, remove all debris, such as leaves and twigs. This ensures proper water flow and reduces the chances of ice dam formation.

Managing Snow Accumulation on Roofs

In the event of heavy snowfall, reducing the amount of snow accumulating on your roof is important. This prevents ice dams and alleviates excess weight that could compromise your roofing structure.

Gutter and Downspout Repairs or Replacements

Ensuring your gutters and downspouts are in good working condition is important throughout the year. Faulty systems can exacerbate ice dam issues, so it’s advisable to have any necessary repairs or replacements done professionally.

If you’re dealing with ice dams or need assistance with your gutter system, don’t hesitate to contact us for help.