Removing Ice Dams

By Robert Robillard on Home Maintenance

Removing Ice Dams:

Many people have been dealing with ice dams.  The solutions to dealing with and removing ice dams have been addressed on this site and can be accessed through searching “ice dams,  insulation, air leaks, or ventilation.”

If your house is prone to ice dams, one of the best measures is to rake or remove the first 3′ feet of snow from the roofs edge.  for this to be successful this must be done right after it snows.  [with in hours]

See Removing Ice Dams.

Once an ice dam forms chipping or chiseling channels in the ice will allow the roof to drain.

Another method is to fill nylon pantyhose with Calcium chloride and place them every three feet in cut out channels.  This is a slow to work process but it lasts a long time.

Tying a rope to the nylons will assist you in removal after thee Calcium Chloride is depleted.  One pull of the rope and they come down.

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and editor of and principal of a full service renovation company located in Concord, Massachusetts; A Concord Carpenter, LLC. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he also hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering the do-it-yourself audience in Boston’s Meto West region expert advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob covers all aspects of home improvement, remodeling, and specializes in problem solving for home maintenance. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter’s motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Rob is a a regular contributor to DIY magazine Extreme-How-To Magazine and assistant editor at ToolBoxBuzz. He is also a tool safety and training coordinator for Push America on their Build America project.

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