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Don’t Try This at Home: What Not To Do to Remove Ice Dams

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When ice dams form in your gutters, you might be tempted to go outside, climb a ladder and try to break up the ice with an axe or another sharp tool. However, this can end up doing far more harm than good. And not just to your gutters and roof, but to your own personal safety and well-being too. You should call a company like Total Home Exteriors for ice dam steaming in Minnesota. In the meantime, here are a few ways you should not attempt to break up ice dams.


If you use an axe instead of calling us for ice dam steaming, you might be thinking you will save some money. However, this is one of the most dangerous ways to remove an ice dam. Not only is the axe sharp and cumbersome, but you could do some major damage to your gutters and roof. Plus, ice can fly into your face and hurt you. And if the surface under your ladder is icy, you could risk falling and hurting yourself or worse. Professional ice dam steaming eliminates the risk of hurting yourself by falling off the ladder.

Roof Tablets (Melts)

Sure, you could also go to the store and buy roof tablets. The instructions will probably tell you to take the tablets and toss a few onto your roof, and they will melt the ice and get rid of the ice dam. First of all, tossing these tablets onto your roof can be difficult depending on how tall your roof is (and how good your aim is!). They will also slide into one location depending on the slope of your roof too. You also need to use a lot of tablets for them to be even slightly effective. Calling on us for ice dam steaming means you won’t have to worry about where the roof tablets are placed and whether or not they are working.

Pantyhose Filled with Salt

The idea here is to take a pair of old pantyhose, fill them with rock salt or another type of de-icer and then put them in your gutter and leave them there all winter. The salt will, in theory, leak out of the pantyhose and create channels for water to drain through, which will prevent the water from leaking into your home. However, if your area experiences more than just a few days of below-freezing temperatures, this is ineffective.

Clearly, ice dam steaming by professionals like us is your best bet!

So when you need ice dam steaming in Minnesota, call Total Home Exteriors at 612-388-7795 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

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