men removing snow from a house
27 December 2012

Ice Dams and Your Home

How are Ice Dams formed?

Diagram of a roof ice dam

This occurs when there is heat loss through the roof. This heat melts the snow on the roof which re-freezes at the roofs edge forming an ice dam.

How Ice Dams Are Removed

men removing snow from a house

Remove all excess snow on the roof. Then sprinkle Urea Fertilizer on the ice dam. When this dam melts away you can run heat tape at the roofs edge.


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