Shopping List for How to Treat and Prevent Ice Dams:
- Ice melt or rock salt
- Additional insulation
Steps for How to Treat and Prevent Ice Dams:
1. To fight existing ice dams, try placing ice melt or rock salt in an old sock or a paper bag and toss it onto the dam, allowing for drainage.
2. To prevent future ice dams, look to increase insulation in attics and/or roof rafters.
Master electrician for Ask This Old House Scott Caron helps a homeowner install heat cables on his roof to stop ice dams. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
Shopping List for How to Install Ice-Melting Roof Cables:
- Electric heat cable kit
- Shingle clips
Tools for How to Install Ice-Melting Roof Cables:
- Power drill
- Flathead screwdriver
Click on this link for more ideas about building repairs, remodeling and new home construction. This video will give you a better understanding of why you might need to cover larger areas on your roof with a larger tarp or at least go over the ridge or peak. Small tarps can drastically reduce the amount of water leaking, but might not stop it entirely.
Shingling a roof is VERY DANGEROUS.
Did you know a 1/3 of construction fatalities are from falling off a roof?
If you do decide to shingle your roof please make sure you have the proper safety equipment.
J Adams Roofing Inc recommends always hiring a professional roofer. The reason is to ensure you get the job done professionally; but the most important thing is for your safety.