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What is an Ice Dam?

October 17, 2019 9:46:01 AM EDT by Brisk heat

what is an ice damIce dams are ice that has built up on the edge of a sloped roof. Ice dams form when snow on a roof-top melts and then freezes when it reaches a cold spot (typically the eave or roof’s edge). The ice dam then traps additional snow melt preventing it from properly draining to the gutters.

What are the potential hazards of Ice Dams?

The trapped water can leak through the roof causing costly structural damage. Additionally, falling ice from ice dams and icicles breaking free from the roof can cause serious injuries and damage to vehicles and property.

How can you prevent Ice Dams?

BriskHeat's SpeedTrace® Roof & Gutter De-Icing Kits are designed to prevent the formation of ice Dams on rooftops by using an electric self-regulating heat cable system. The heating cable melts away excessive ice and snow from the roof, gutters, and downspouts to ensure proper draining.

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