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As a homeowner, you may have heard stories about ice dams that cause extensive water damage and ceiling leaks. With winter fast approaching, now is the time to safeguard your home against this kind of problem. To prevent an ice dam from occurring this winter, you must check each system of the home that contributes to the development of ice dams and perform maintenance where necessary. Once all the systems are fully functional, you rest more easily knowing that your home is protected from this expensive and damaging problem.
Clean Your Gutters
One of the major contributors to the formation of ice dams is clogged gutters. When the water rolls down your roof and into the gutters, if it doesn't drain as expected, it will build up onto the roof. You may have cleaned your gutters once already this year, but if you haven't checked them recently, fall leaves and other debris may have built up inside your gutters once again. If this is the case, consider pruning any overhanging or nearby trees that may be contributing to the clogging of your gutters.
Build Up Attic Insulation
Ice dams form when ice and snow on the roof of the home melts and rolls down to the eaves where it re-freezes and backs up into the attic. The snow melts on the peak of the roof because of warm air that leaks from the heated part of the home into the unheated attic. You can prevent this from occurring by building up the insulation in your attic. If your home is older, the insulation in your attic may not be up to modern standards. To find out how much insulation you should have in your attic, check out the US Department of Energy's insulation calculator, which can tell you the type of insulation you need based on your zip code.
Seal Off the Attic
Even if you've insulated your attic properly, air leaks can still be found in locations where pipes and wiring lead to the attic space. Go into your attic and check for any areas where light penetrates from the downstairs area into the attic. If light can get through, so can warm air.
Insulate your Ducts
If your ducts aren't insulated, then the warm air that travels through the ducts in your attic could be heating up the attic space as well as the lower levels of the home. Duct insulation is available for sale at home improvement centers and can be installed by a capable DIYer.
Get Help From a Professional
If you've had an ice dam problem in the past but aren't sure why it's occurring, have a roofing contractor take a look at your home's attic. He or she can tell you why the roof dam formed and what you can do to stop it in the future.