Otisville roofs have seen their fair share of snow and rain this winter. De-icing your roof properly is one way to extend its life. Here are 5 simple ways to safely and properly de-ice your roof.
After a winter storm, you may notice ice formations on your roof. They are usually found at the edge of the roof, on the gutters and downspouts. Icicles may seem like a pretty sight to look at, almost like a snapshot from a winter wonderland. Many people do not realize that these things should not be ignored.
As a property owner, there is a need to be aware of how ice dams can damage your roof. This is also the reason why we think that it is important to equip yourself with basic information on how to de-ice your roof.
In today’s blog post, we will take you through the process of de-icing your roof. Because we care for your roof’s overall well-being, we want to involve you in this process. However, just a major disclaimer before we proceed, any form of a roofing job is a serious matter. It is not always as simple as it seems to be. The truth is that they are complicated. Handling roof repairs requires training, experience, and a specific skill set. Above anything else, it is risky and dangerous. So before you even think about of going up your roof, always consult a professional roofing contractor for help.
Remove Ice Dams With a Snow Rake
The first thing you can do as a homeowner is to visually inspect your roofing. See where the bulk of ice formations are. Check the gutters, edges, downspouts, etc. When you have identified specific areas where you can find ice dams, use a snow rake to remove them. Use it to scrape-off snow build-ups in a downward motion.
When using a snow rake on your roof, do not stand on a ladder or on the roof surface. You may slip or fall if you do so. It is better to stand on the ground. Make sure that it is not slippery or wet. Aside from health hazards, it can also cause even more damage to your roof if not done correctly. Hence, it is advisable to seek assistance from trusted roofers for your own safety.
Chip Away at Ice Dams Using an Ice Pick
For this technique, you may climb up a ladder to access hard to reach areas where ice dams are present. Another safety reminder, make sure that the ladder rests against a sturdy wall away from obstructions. This is to avoid accidents and risks of falling.
Using an ice pick, reach into the inner parts of gutters and downspouts. Prick the ice dams with caution until they crack and chip away. Be careful with handling the ice pick as it may damage the roof itself or you may hurt yourself.
Apply Ice-Melting Products
You can check the nearest local hardware or home improvement stores for ice-melting products. They contain chemicals such as ammonium sulfate, calcium magnesium acetate, etc. that can effectively melt ice. They come in tablet or crystal form. Distribute the product evenly on to the affected areas.
Fan the Attic Area
This tip is for people experiencing leaks caused by ice dam build-ups. To melt the ice and let water flow directly on to the gutters, you can place a fan in the attic area. Before you turn it on, make sure that the air is directed to where ice dams are concentrated.
Use Warm Water
This is a simple but temporary DIY solution that you can do at home. You will need an empty spray bottle and warm water. Put the warm water inside the bottle and spray it on directly to the ice formations until it melts. The idea is to melt the ice dams so that the roof and gutters can drain them like before.
Safety reminder: Handle hot or warm water with care to avoid accidents.