This is the time of year when snow starts to fall in earnest, and our Linden Cleaning Service team of roof raking professionals advises you to be careful in keeping ice dams from forming on your roof. An ice dam can form when a poorly insulated attic allows heat to escape through the top of a slanted roof, melting accumulated snow and letting the resulting water run down the roof. As the water reaches the gutter line it refreezes, creating an ice barrier that prevents water from running its natural course through your gutters and downspouts.

While an ice dam is an irritating and costly problem to solve once you have it, there are steps you can take to prevent one from forming in the first place. As an Omaha roof raking and window cleaning company, our team at Linden Cleaning Service would like to offer you the following tips to combat ice dams this winter.

1. Keep your gutters clear

This is the first and maybe most obvious preventative step you can take. By removing any debris from your gutters before winter sets in, you ensure that snow and ice melt have as clear a path as possible off and far away from your roof so that damages do not occur when winter hits.

If you find yourself in a situation where you’re unable to clean your gutters by yourself, Linden Cleaning Service can help. Our team of fully insured gutter cleaning specialists offers quick and efficient gutter cleaning at a reasonable price, putting your mind at ease about this necessary preventative maintenance.

2. Make sure your attic is properly insulated

The easiest way to determine whether you have enough insulation in your attic is a simple visual inspection. Looking across the span of your attic, if you can easily see your floor joists (i.e., if the current amount of insulation is just level with or below the joists) then you probably should add more. If you can’t see your floor joists because the insulation is well above them, you probably have enough and adding more wouldn’t provide a substantial additional benefit.

In addition, it’s important that the insulation in your attic is equally distributed—you want to avoid having low spots because these are weak points that heat can leak through. Pay special attention to the level of insulation in those hard to reach areas, like back corners and along the eaves.

3. Enlist a roof raking service to keep your roof clear of snow

This is the most effective way to prevent ice dams, because if your roof is free of snow there won’t be any ice build-up! Our team of roof raking professionals at Linden Cleaning Service can perform periodic roof raking maintenance on your home or business, according to any schedule you set, so you won’t have to worry about the big problems that ice dams can cause. Best of all, this periodic maintenance is a very cost-effective option for families and businesses compared to the high costs of repairing damage caused by ignoring the problem.

Contact Linden Cleaning Service Today!

In this post we’ve shown you that with just a bit a preventative maintenance, you can avoid some of the big headaches that come with our blustery Midwest winters. Our team at Linden Cleaning Service can provide you roof raking service, on any schedule you care to set, that removes snow drifts from your roof so ice dams don’t have the chance form in the first place. If you’re interested in this service, feel free to contact our team today for a free estimate!