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How to Get Rid of Ice Dams on Your Roof February 20, 2019

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How to Get Rid of Ice Dams on Your Roof, Dayton, Ohio

Ohio winters are often filled with frigid temperatures and snowy weather, so it isn’t uncommon for ice dams to form on rooftops. As the name suggests, these dams are icy buildups that prevent melting snow from draining away. The pooling liquid can then lead to significant water damages and require roof repairs. For more details about how ice dams form and what you can do to prevent them, consult the brief guide below. 

How Are Ice Dams Formed?

Several factors contribute to the formation of ice dams. Snow must be present while the roof simultaneously maintains a temperature above 32 degrees Fahrenheit on the outside and below 32 degrees on the inside.

These temperature averages are sustained over time, so as the snow melts from the warmer portion of the roof, it’ll freeze as the water encounters the cooler side. Though the dam will form under these circumstances, if the snow continues to melt behind the ice without reaching the colder temperatures, it will remain a liquid.

How Are Ice Dams Prevented?

roof repairThere are several measures you can take to reduce the creation of ice dams. Since snow is responsible for causing this problem, you can keep your roof system protected by removing snow. Some homeowners use a special snow rake or push broom to remove it from their house, but this equipment can damage shingles if used incorrectly, which could leave you in need of roof repairs. You can also take long-term action by ensuring your ceiling is air-tight since air leaks from inside the home can contribute to the temperature fluctuations that produce ice dams. 


As the premier full-service home remodeling contractor in Dayton, OH, Buckeye Home Services prides themselves on providing a wide selection of quality home services, including roof repairs, gutter installations, additions, and kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Whether your home has weather damage, or you are simply ready for an upgrade, you can count on their team of skilled professionals to get the job done. To learn more about the services offered by this Better Business Bureau accredited company or to schedule a free estimate, call (937) 586-6600 or visit their website today.

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