Following are some steps you can take to prevent or eliminate ice dams:
- Do not climb on the roof to remove the snow or clear the vents.
- Do not chop or pound the ice off the roof. You can damage the shingles, gutters or worse.
- Carefully remove the snow above the ice dam. Remove as much of the snow as possible above the ice dam buildup. Using a conventional ROOF RAKE can cause damage to your shingles. Avalanche's cutting frame and guide wheels allow you to remove the buildup safely.
- You can apply sidewalk snow-melt chemicals (NOT SALT) to ice dams. Salt can damage your shingles and stain your siding. Snow melt chemicals are available at most hardware and grocery stores. Use a ladder to get NEAR, NOT ON, the roof and apply the deicer to the ice highest on the roof.
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