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How to prevent ice dam problems

The problem is too many homeowners are focusing on the symptom, the ice dam, when they should be looking at the root of the problem.

Ice dams are the the unwanted gift that keeps on giving, every single year. 

The problem is, too many homeowners are focusing on the symptom, the ice dam, when they should be looking at the root of the problem.

That’s where Andy Lindus of Lindus Construction can help. He and his crews have seen it all. We’re talking ice dams so heavy they rip gutters off homes or worse yet, back up on the roof during a melt and send water pouring into a home. We’re talking, in some cases, tens of thousands of dollars in damage, when the solution could be simpler and starts with the following 5 checks:

1. Insulation

Too many homeowners are looking at their roof, when they should be looking in the attic.

Ice dams occur after a heavy snowfall when warm air in the attic causes the roof to warm and the snow to melt. Water running down the roof refreezes when it reaches the colder roof edge, forming a mound of ice. Proper insulation will keep warm air from escaping from the lower levels of your home.

2. Ventilation

Is your roof properly ventilated? It’s important especially here in Minnesota to prevent temperature fluctuations. If you’re having a roof put on your home be sure to ask the contractor about their “ventilation plan”.

3. Check Exhausts

Make sure your kitchen fan, bathroom fan or other living room exhaust fans push warm air outside, not into your attic.

4. Check Your Chimney Flashing

Over time, the flashing may crack and separate from the roof, causing hot air to potentially escape and allowing water to trickle in along the chimney. Have your chimney or roofing professional check the flashing and, if necessary, repair or replace it.

5. Insulate Attic Access Doors

When you access the attic, is that door insulated? How is the seal? Is there any weather stripping? This is a prime spot and a simple fix to keep warm air from leaking into the attic.

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