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De-icing During the Winter Months

by LucciElectric for Home Owner Tips
De-icing During the Winter Months

Shorter days mean winter is fast approaching and sadly this winter is expected to bring
more snow, ice and colder temperatures.* For your personal protection, that may mean a warmer coat,
and weather resistant boots. For your home, it’s time to think about protecting your roof, ceilings and walls from ice damming and water damage with roof and gutter deicing cables.

What is Ice damming?
Those “winter wonderland” icicles hanging from your gutters are not as benign as you think. Ice dams are caused by a buildup of ice that prevents melting snow from properly draining. The water that is trapped behind the ice buildup spreads under the shingles back into the house. Your home could suffer thousands of dollars in water damage from ice dams and frozen, blocked gutters.
Why is it dangerous
Ice dams and snow buildup are not only a danger to your roof and the interior of your home, but to people as well. Large chunks of ice hanging from a roof can break off, causing injury to people or damage to property. A slowly dripping ice dam can create a thin sheet of black ice on walkways, steps and driveways, posing a serious danger to those walking beneath.

What can be done?
Roof and gutter deicing cables can be installed to protect your home and NOW is the time to do it before it gets too cold.
Roof and gutter deicing cables are designed only to create a small open tunnel under the ice dam to allow water that is trapped above the dam to drain off the roof and or through your gutter system.
Roof & gutter de-icing systems help prevent both ice dams and icicles from forming by creating a continuous path for roof snow melt to drain from the roof. They have been installed in many homes in the area, saving homeowners thousands of dollars in potential damage.
These systems operate with an automatic control or a switch inside your home.
Once installed, you can sit back and relax when the predicted cold and icy winter hits!

*Prediction based on The Farmer’s Almanac and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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