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I don’t know about you, but my house is covered in icicles this winter. Sure they look cool and even beautiful, but they can be dangerous. Not just to you and your family, but also to your home. Here are some tips on why you should remove those pesky icicles and how to do it.

Why
Icicles are essentially a build up and run off of built up ice in your gutters. If you have icicles that means your gutters are likely full of ice too. If the gutters are full of thick ice, that means they are being weighed down and could break. Icicles themselves get rather large and heavy, and if they themselves fall, they could cause harm to your home, or worse, a loved one. The ice that develops on the roof as over flow from the gutters can also cause leaking in your home. As the ice, snow, and eventually water sits on your roof, it will sneak its way into whatever crack or crevice it can, causing leaks in your home.

How
If you are able to stay on top of your icicles, your home will thank you later. There are both preventative and post-icicle ways to get rid of icicles. The preventative measure is to purchase and install heated coils that go in your gutters. These coils keep the gutter warm never allowing the snow and water to turn to ice, thus preventing the icicles. The coils can be a bit expensive, but if you are a homeowner, this would be the best route to go I think. However, if you prefer you can go the old broom and ladder route. Grab a ladder and place it on a non-slick surface. Grab your broom or rake and start knocking them down! This is kind of fun in my opinion, but you need to be sure there is nothing below that could be harmed by the falling icicles. That includes people! If you have a rubber mallet, I would suggest using one to knock the base of the icicles down. You will want to avoid using any tool with a point as that could cause damage to your home. Once you get the icicles down, take some melt salt and sprinkle it in your gutters and on your roof. This will melt out the ice that has accumulated in your gutters and will help prevent more icicles from forming any time soon.

It can be a lot of work, but if you follow these steps your house and loved ones will have a happier winter!

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  • Brian

    One easy way to prevent icicles altogether is to use our Radiant Edge roof ice melt system. It is an affordable way to heat just where it’s needed: at the eave edge. They can also control the gutter heating as well. More at http://www.summiticemelt.com. Best to you!