Ice Dam Prevention: Simple Steps to Keep Your Roof Ice-Free


Ice dams are a common winter problem that can cause damage to roofs, gutters, and other parts of a home or business. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms along the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining properly. As the snow melts, it can seep under the roof’s shingles and into the structure of the building, causing water damage and other problems.


Ice Dams

The best way to prevent ice dams is by keeping your gutters clean and free of debris. When gutters are clogged with leaves, twigs, and other debris, they can become blocked, preventing melting snow from flowing through and off the roof. This can cause the water to back up and freeze, leading to the formation of ice dams.

To prevent ice dams, it’s important to clean your gutters regularly, especially before the winter months. This can help ensure that your gutters are able to drain melting snow efficiently, reducing the risk of ice dams forming. Here are a few tips for cleaning your gutters:

  1. Use a ladder: Use a sturdy ladder to access your gutters. Make sure to position the ladder on a stable, flat surface, and be sure to use caution when climbing up and down.
  2. Remove debris: Use a pair of gloves and a small scoop or trowel to remove leaves, twigs, and other debris from your gutters. Be sure to remove as much of the debris as possible to help ensure that your gutters are able to drain efficiently.
  3. Flush the gutters: After you’ve removed the debris, use a hose to flush out your gutters, starting at the downspout and working your way up. This will help remove any remaining debris and ensure that your gutters are clear.

By cleaning your gutters regularly, you can help prevent ice dams and protect your home or business from potential water damage. Remember to be safe and use caution when cleaning your gutters, and consider hiring a professional if you’re not comfortable doing the work yourself.


What’s Next?

Hiring a professional power washing company to clear clogged gutters and downspouts is a great way to prevent small issues from becoming big problems, but why stop there? Dirty concrete, clogged gutters and algae covered decks are all areas of your property that can use some power washing love too!



The Bottom Line

At Blustream Power Wash, we use the safest and most effective process to keep your gutters unclogged and working properly. Our trained washing professionals know how to safely remove leaves, pine needles and shingle runoff from your gutters. For information on our gutter cleaning services, read here or call us at 219.370.6827 to speak to one of our professionals and schedule your service to get your gutters back to working order!

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