Removing ice From gutters. The first few months of the new year brings us icy, wet weather that we usually do not want to get out in.
If you see that your gutters are building up ice from the cold weather and almost constant rain then there are a few steps that you can take to protect your gutters life and from being damaged from heavy ice. Removing Ice From Gutters can be a difficult job and you should never climb on your roof when it’s icy.
The first option – Roof Tablets
There are a few different brands you can try such as Roof Melt or KMI. You use these by placing them on your roof and as it mixes with water it runs down creating channels for water to go down.
Pros: Very safe and creates channels for water to drain through.
Cons: They don’t land in place, which negates the whole safety thing— you still need a ladder. Doesn’t remove the dam, just creates a bunch of holes in the dam. Also not good for plants if you have flower beds underneath.
Option Two : Salt Sock
This can work with both old socks and pantyhose (which are longer). You can fill these with salts and tie them up. Then place on your roof.
Pros: Pretty safe method.
Cons: Takes a seriously long time, but again salt isn’t the best for plants, so beware of where the water goes.
Option 3 – Roof Rakes
Roof Rakes are usually the preferred method because of the success rate of avoiding ice dams. After every heavy snowfall, you should use a roof rake to prevent ice dams from even building up.
You can get one at any home improvement store.
Option 4 – Heated Gutter Guards
Another method that prevents ice dams from happening is Heated Gutter Guards.
Heated Gutter Guards are meant to melt the snow before it causes the build up. This is a pricey method but it works great to keep the snow off of your roof and reduces the chance of the ice dam from happening.
We offer this through Mastershield one of the best gutter guards suppliers on the market today.
If you decide to try out any of the methods, make sure to use ladder safety to protect your and your home. If you are unsure of your ladders safety or your ability to do the job, please hire a professional.
For more information about protecting your gutters or for a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected.
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