Prevent Ice Dams

The most effective long term solution is to reduce or eliminate any sources of heat in the attic and ventilate the attic space of the roof. The typical recommendation for proper ventilation is 1 square foot of vent for every 150 feet of attic floor area but we suggest contacting a licensed local insulation company near you. If you have small louvered vents at either end of the attic known as gable vents you can either replace them with larger vents, or install an electric vent fan over the inside of them. These special fans usually work on a thermostat and will pull outside air into the attic to keep the temperature inside consistent.

how-to-prevent-ice-damsIt is also critical to eliminate all sources of heat in the attic space. Make sure to eliminate sources of heat such as:

  • uninsulated recessed ceiling lights installed in the area¬†below
  • uninsulated attic stair openings
  • heating ducts
  • furnace or water heating equipment in the attic
  • bathroom vent fans that improperly vent to the attic

If you’ve already tried to fix your ice dams but they keep coming back, or you already have ice dams, give the ice dam service experts a call today. Minnesota Ice Dam Removal inspects and fixes ice dams every day and are available 7 days a week and 24 hours a day!

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