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What To Do With Ice Buildup on Roof, How to Protect Your Home

HUBER HEIGHTS -- A lot of people woke up to ice dams on their roof, and with more rain on the way experts fear costly leaks are imminent.

The sweet sound of melting, after an icy mess Monday.

"Mother nature, you can't beat it, so you have to work with it," said Jerry McElroy, who runs Castle Roofing.

In an ice dam, the water backs up behind the ice, forcing it under the shingles. If you do see a leak, you want to call in the experts.

"That needs to be addressed right away before you ruin your insulation and your wall boards," McElroy explained. He has been in the business for 35 years.

"Not that I'm picking on you, but could you have wiped away that snow?" asked Reporter, Jackie Couture

"I could have wiped it away and not had the ice damning, yes. (A) mechanic doesn't work on his own car," McElroy said while laughing.

He could have been using a rubber squeegie to gently drag the snow off; but now there's nothing he or you can do if it is all iced up. You just have to wait for it to melt. Trying to break it up with a hammer or shovel is a bad idea, and it can actually cause more damage than the ice dam itself.

"There's no way that you can get this ice out safely, you'll end up pulling your gutters out, hurting your roof. Very bad idea. Never get on top of your roof beause you will fall," McElroy explained. "You have to let mother nature take its course. And in this case, ice damming is something we get a lot of here."

To avoid problems next Winter, experts say make sure your attic and roof are properly insulated, which should prevent the ice from damming up.

You can contact Reporter Jackie Couture here.


 
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