Icicles are a beautiful thing, but they can also be very dangerous. When you see icicles on the roof of your home, it is vital to take caution when you go and remove them. Icicles can cause significant damage if they fall from the roof and hit someone or something below. This blog post will show how to deal with icicles on the roof safely so that you don’t have to worry about any accidents happening in your home!
Dangers icicles pose
Clogged gutters and downspouts are two of the most important causes of icicle formation. When the gutters are blocked, water backs up and freezes into sheets and streams of ice. Icicles will begin to develop on your roof. Keep your gutters free of leaves, needles, and other debris to avoid icicles from developing.
Ice dams are another cause of icicles. Ice dams form when ice buildup occurs at the edge of a roof to meet sunlight and warmer air. The water running off the roof freezes to this dam, growing larger if not removed by an experienced professional.
You do not want any icicles on your rooftop because they pose two very significant dangers. If they fall off the roof and hit someone, it could cause damage to their skin or even death, depending on where you are located. Ice dams can also be hazardous because if left untreated, the ice dam will grow larger until it is heavy enough that gravity takes over and water starts running into your home through cracks in your foundation or walls. This can cause significant damage to your home and may require you to hire a professional in addition to paying for any repairs necessary.
How to deal with icicles on the roof safely
We will come to your home and remove all of the icicles that are on your roof. Our team is experienced with removing ice dams, so if you have any of these, we can get rid of them as well! We also make sure that your gutters are clean before leaving.
Salt deicers like calcium chloride and magnesium chloride are a fast, effective way to melt ice on walkways, stairs, driveways, and other surfaces. These salts work by drawing moisture from the air to penetrate snow or ice pack that may have formed.
Dangers of de-icing salts
These products will damage asphalt shingles if applied directly onto them. They can also corrode metals like aluminum, causing your gutters to rust and leak over time if they are not correctly cared for. Make sure to stay on top of your roof’s maintenance by having us come and clean them for you as needed.
One of the most critical steps in dealing with icicles is winterization, which we can help you out with! Winterization involves taking precautions like adding insulation and caulk before the water freezes again first thing next winter. This will help reduce any ice damming or icicle formation next winter, which can save you money in the long run!
If you are looking for someone experienced with dealing with icicles on roofs safely without causing damage to your home, make sure to hire our team of professionals today!