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Install heat cables to stop ice dams

Nov 15

Install heat cables to stop ice dams


Heat cable has a bad reputation in the area of ice dam prevention. Many people don't have the knowledge to correctly install heat cables. This series consists of three parts. Fort Wayne Roofers will explain the heating cable in detail.


A dam of Ice


Minnesotans will remember the awful early 2019 memories brought back by the snowflakes of October. It was a nightmare. There were impassable roads, flooding basements, and images of large and small ice dams. An ice dam is an ice ridge that forms on roofs around the eave. It forces water through the roof system into your home. They are mini-glaciers, which can cause serious damage to your home if ignored. Minnesota greetings!


Although most insurance companies will cover costs associated with repairing ice dam damage, they may not be able to cover costs for preventing future damage. This is why many homeowners are asking how to avoid this costly, inconvenient, and expensive problem. Some insurance companies demand homeowners to pay for costly modifications that will prevent future ice dams as a result of ice dam claims. These modifications may result in future ice dam-related claim rejections.




Experts agree that the best way of preventing ice dams is to improve the architecture of your home. This includes insulation and ventilation. But, most importantly, sealing any air leaks that let heat escape and melt snow. The ice dam cycle feeds off the melting meltwater, which is found along the eaves. These home improvement projects have been completed in hundreds over the past quarter-century with an average cost of between $10,000 and $30,000. This video gives you an idea of the project's scope.


These aren’t the typical insulation and air sealing projects. This is a messy, dirty job that typically involves demolition and reconstruction of an interior or exterior part of the home or both. If done properly, it can be considered an important house improvement that reduces the chance of ice dams and also improves energy efficiency. It can also be a wasteful investment that could lead to ice dam issues. Bummer.




Roof shoveling is an effective method to prevent ice dams when you adhere to a few important guidelines. First, it is necessary to remove all snow from your roof. A double dam is a condition where snow can be removed from the roof. It's not the same as common belief.


Dam on two levels


Double dams are very difficult to remove and can cause severe damage if not taken care of. The roof planes that are impacted may be several stories high or difficult to reach. If this happens, roof raking isn't an option.


Snow removal can be done at home.


It is necessary to climb up, which is usually not a good idea if you are a beginner. The only option for many homeowners is to hire professionals. This is expensive.




  • Tape to keep you warm


All forms of ice dam prevention heat tape have the same idea. These cables create heat by using electrical resistance to melt snow and ice on roofs. These channels allow water to escape from the roof rather than rushing into the house. Heat cable's only purpose is to provide relief channels through snow and/or ice. It does not maintain snow-free eaves.


  • The installation of heat cables was completed.


When placed by someone who is knowledgeable about heat cables and who has a good quality cable, they can provide reliable ice dam prevention for a decade. There are instances when heat cables are the only option for preventing ice-dams. We often come across these houses during our inspections. Some industry skeptics claim that heat wires don't work.


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