The past couple of weeks have been brutal in the Northeast with all the heavy snow storms. Unfortunately, the conditions are ideal for the formation of dangerous ice dams on roof tops. If not treated, your roof could be subject to leaks.

This is the typical cycle of an ice dam:

  • Heat collects in the attic due to poor insulation and warms the roof, except at the eaves.
  • Snow melts on the warm roof and then freezes on the cold eaves.
  • Ice accumulates along the eaves, forming a dam.
  • Melted water from the roof backs up, flows under the shingles, and into the structure.

While I would rather sit in my comfy cozy home enjoying the amazing warmth of the woodstove, I must get outside and get rid of some of the darn ice that has built up on my roof before it becomes a major problem. Since I was unable to locate any roof pucks or ice melt tablets in the hardware stores, I had to get a little more creative. After searching how to get rid of ice dams, I found a suggestion to “fill the leg of an old pair of panty hose with calcium chloride ice melter” written on the This Old House website. I’m going to give it a try!

Shout out to Garret Smith our William Raveis Insurance Sales Director for sending out an email warning us about the dangers of ice dams. Garret mentioned that he has seen several claims in the past few weeks due to this destru.