AAA: What To Do (and Not Do) If Ice Dams Form on Your Home

With the constant up and down in the temperatures, conditions are perfect for ice dams to form on homes.

Ice dams form when heat inside the house enters the attic and melts snow on the roof. The melted snow drips down your roof and re-freezes when it reaches the colder  part of the roof that overhangs the wall. Ice Dam Pic

The four’s Xavier Hershovitz spoke with AAA about what you should do (and shouldn’t do) if ice dams form on your home.

AAA says the key to ice dam prevention is to keep your roof the same temperature as your eaves.

According to AAA, there are several ways you can do that:

  • Increase attic ventilation through the use of soffit, gable and ridge vents to help circulate air through the attic, ensuring a consistent temperature.
  • Examine your insulation to make sure it’s not blocking the vents and check its depth.
  • Prevent heat from escaping into your attic by ensuring all attic ducts are sealed and properly insulated and any exhaust fans lead outdoors, not to the attic.
  • Consult a professional if your attic is a living space, you need vents installed or insulation added.
  • Remove snow from the first 3+ feet of the roof when possible to safely do so.

If an ice dam has already formed, AAA recommends that you do not get on the roof and attempt to remove it. They say that is dangerous, and if not done properly, risks causing more damage to your home and even yourself.

To learn more from AAA about ice dams, click here. 


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