Ice Dam Prevention | Ice Dam Removal

For Ice Dam Prevention & Removal, Turn to P.C.

What’s an ice dam? It’s a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of roof and prevents melting snow and water from draining off the roof and into your gutters. That, in turn, can cause a gutter to bend and break. Worse, that same melted snow or rain is looking to go somewhere, and very often it finds its way into your home or attic, and then you have much bigger problems to contend with.

First, let’s look at ways to prevent ice dams from forming:

  • Clean your gutters and down spouts before the snow starts to fly to give water less chance to pile up, and therefore less opportunity for ice to form.
  • Remove or relocate attic heat sources that otherwise could melt the snow on your roof and launch the creation of an ice dam.
  • Insulate light fixtures in the ceiling below an unheated attic space.
  • If your attic has vents or other openings, have them sealed and insulated to block daylight and minimize airflow.

Steps to Remove an Ice Dam 

  • Clear the snow and ice off your roof
  • Chip away at the ice that’s already formed, using such objects as a crowbar or hatchet
  • Use a chemical deicer which will slowly melt the ice and allow it to drain
  • Spray the ice dam with warm water
  • Install a self-regulating heating system designed to melt the ice on contact before it can cause damage

Why You Should Hire Us for Ice Dam Prevention & Removal

At P.C. Plumbing, Heating & Air, we perform all the ice dam prevention and removal steps mentioned above so you don’t have to. It’s not a job for the faint of heart, but it’s a job we routinely tackle for the added peace of mind of our many Boston-area customers.

If you’ve had ice dam problems before or are concerned that your home might be susceptible, contact us today so we can examine your attic, gutters, and more to recommend the right way to keep your home ice dam free.

Too late for that now? Then contact P.C. Plumbing, Heating & Air today to request or ice dam removal service.