Icicles could cause big problems come March

Mishawaka For those in the roofing business, this year has been one of the worst years they have seen in terms of ice development. We see examples of this everywhere we look as icicles take over several homes, but come March those icicles can cause a big problem.

Icicles form when your house is losing heat. The heat is released from your roof, warming the snow, causing it to melt. The water then travels under the snow and down to the gutter where it freezes because the lower edges of the roof are so cold.

As this continues to happen an ice dam begins to form. When that process continues more water starts to develop behind the dam and that dam starts to penetrate the home.

That penetration can cause serious damage come March because when all the ice and snow melts, that extra water can run into the home creating water damage.

"Most houses are going to be ok. Unfortunately though, there are a lot of them that are not. So, really removing the snow, getting up at least four or five feet above the ice dam will actually help create a warm barrier in between so you're not getting that development there,” says the Owner of Advanced Roofing Jason Carrico.

But, there can be even more problems when it comes to ice.

"Ice is very heavy. So, at some point in some cases it can actually pull down gutters. I've seen it pull down gutters,” continues Carrico.

Carrico says the best thing you can do to prevent this from happening next year is use a roof rake. He says they won't do too much good for you now because the ice and snow is very heavy and packed. You can also always call a professional if you have any questions on what to do now or even next year.

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