6 Chilling Facts About Icicles That All Homeowners Should Know

Ice dam formations along the edges of your home roof and icicles hanging from the gutters should never be ignored. Depending on your point of view, icicles can be scary or beautiful, but from the perspective of your roof, it an be just plain menaces.

Those beautiful, shiny icicles hanging from your roof are not cool.

They’re a really, really bad sign that you may have an ice dam — a ridge of ice along the edge of your roof that can damage your house and your wallet.

But don’t freak out. Just be in the know about these six things, and you can save your budget from hypothermia this winter.

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#1 They’ll Destroy Your Roof’s Insulation

So here’s how ice dams work: When heat escapes through your roof, it melts the snow up there.

Then it gets cold again, and that water freezes along the ridge of your roof. If this happens enough, the ice builds up into an ice dam.

Once the ice dam is established, when the warm air melts more snow, that water gets trapped behind the ice dam and just hangs out there in a puddle.

Read more: https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/ice-dam-prevention

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