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Ice Dams

 Ice Dam Illustration Ice Dams occur when temperatures drift between 10 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice builds up on the edge of the roof, but snow will melt above the ice ridge and the water will collect and flow under the shingles and into the house, causing tea-coloured stains on walls and ceilings and destroying wallboard, plaster and insulation. Icicles, a key indicator ice dams may be present, are common on many homes in snowy climates. Icicles hang in crystal rows and cluster at the corners of the roof. They can be a beautiful winter sight but they are dangerous to a home. To determine if your roof has ice dams or is merely sporting innocent winter decoration look for a ridge of ice at the roof's edge or a bulging area under a layer of snow above the icicles. Those are ICE DAMS. You often have to remove the snow buildup to see the ice ridge.

Ice Dam Solution

The Avalanche roof rake is a great way to prevent gutter or roof ice dams on your home. This snow rake works by standing on the ground and pushing upwards about 4 - 6 feet up your roof. The plastic slide allows the snow to literally slide right off the roof with no effort at all. The Avalanche! clears off all but a half inch of snow, which allows for quick melting and no ice dams should form on the roof's edge. This roof snow removal tool keeps you safe on the ground and your house safe from expensive water damage.