If you live in Minnesota than you're familiar with the term "ice dams." Ice dams occur when water builds up behind a blockage of ice - and if this happens on your home's roof it can result in mega damage.
And while Minnesotans can usually blame snow for all of our winter woes, when it comes to ice dams it's the freezing temps followed by that brief thaw (or heat from your roof) that result in the build up of ice dams.
WCCO-TV recently reported on the start of ice dam season in Minnesota.
If you notice ice dams building on your home's roof, ENERGY STAR offers these tips for resolving the issue:
- Don’t get on your roof to solve this problem, it could be dangerous.
- Avoid standing on the ground and “chipping away” at the ice. Not only could this cause damage to your roof, but you can be seriously injured by falling ice, debris, or tools.