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Protecting Your Home From Icy Dangers

UNDATED -- The icicles this winter may look pretty, but they can also be problematic for your home.
 
 If you have large icicles hanging off your house, there's a good chance you have ice dams on your roof. An easy way to find out is by raking off the snow near your gutters to check for ice build up.
 
 "An ice dam is exactly what you would think it is. It's ice building up at the edge of your roof," said Mike Lange with Able Roof.
 
The melting during the day and freezing at night slowly backs up into an ice dam. It's a dangerous problem that is twice as bad as previous years.
 
"What they found this year is they found ice damming going up five, six, seven, eight, nine feet," said Lange.
 
Which will allow water inside your home, once it finds a hole.
 
"Ceiling meets the wall, a lot of time you will see some staining there," he said.
 
There is a do if yourself solution. All you need is some pantyhose and rock salt. Just take the salt, fill one leg and throw it onto your roof. It seems easy but it works.
 
"That actually works really well, we actually have guys out doing that today," Lange said. "It gives a channel for that water to flow into."
 
Don't forget to knock off the icicles. Just use something long to do it.
 
"A rake or a broom, again, if you can do it safely from the ground it is a good idea to knock them down," Lange said.
 
Too much ice can bust your gutters. So it is important to get rid of it. Just remember to be safe when it's slick. And if the ice dams are really bad, you may have to call a professional.


 
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