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How does an ice dam form?
An ice dam forms when there is snow on the roof, the roof temperature is above freezing (as a result of poor insulation, sunlight hitting a dark roof, etc...) and the temperature of the overhang and gutters is below freezing.
The water (melted snow) turns to ice when it runs down to the cold part of the roof. As it freezes, it forms an ice dam (see picture at right). As more water backs up and turns to ice, it can back up under shingles and cause roof damage as well as leak through walls and ceilings, causing interior damage to your home.
Ice Dam Blaster Features and Benefits:
*Safe for the environment
*Safe and easy to handle
*Deicer material will biodegrade and will not harm vegetation
*Safe for the roofing system
*Easy to install - simply place on the roof
*No wiring to install or ongoing electricity costs
*Long lasting, fast-acting
*Contains no salt - material is non-corrosive
*Works even under cold temperatures
The Ice Dam Blaster TM
Telltale signs of an ice dam
If you see icicles, you have a problem. They are caused by the gutter filling up with snow melt and freezing in layers until there is no place for any more water to run. Soon it drips over the side and freezes into icicles. They may be a pretty winter scene, but are the bigging of very serious damage if left unchecked.
Other signs are peeling paint under the overhang or inside the structure near the ceiling. Mold and mildew may form from water dripping into the structure and staying moist for extended periods of time. Mold and mildew can have serious health consequences and even lead to death. If you are seeing black spots or fuzzy growth, don't ignore it! You may need to consult with a professional mold abatement contractor.
Browse around this site for additional information how to prevent this in the first place!
What is an Ice Dam Blaster? (TM)
It is the low-cost, simple solution to prevent damage caused by ice dams.
The Ice Dam Blaster TM is a sleeve filled with deicer material that is long-lasting and won't damage the roof or its components (including roofing nails, shingles, gutters and down spouts). In addition, the run-off will not damage turf, shrubs, flower beds, or concrete at the bottom of the down spout.
The key is to melt an outlet through an ice dam, by placing the Ice Dam Blaster TM in strategic locations, to allow the water to run through the outlet and into the gutters and downspouts that will open because of the deicing material. Ice Dam Blasters TM should be placed on the roof, one to two feet above the gutter, at the farthest point away from the downspout (in order to keep the gutter clear), and approximately every 20 feet. It is a good idea to place an Ice Dam Blaster TM in valleys where a lot of water runs to the gutters. Gutters and downspouts should be clear of leaves and debris in order to allow for the ice dam blaster to work properly.
Under "typical" winter conditions the sleeves should be placed on the roof after the late Fall rainy season is over and as early during the Winter season as possible to prevent ice dam water back-up. The Ice Dam Blaster TM should last for the entire winter season, however it may need to be replaced if enough moisture occurs to empty the sleeve. When the sleeve is empty it will usually blow to the ground, so you may not need to climb up to get it.
DO NOT use salt in a stocking or any product with chlorides!
It is a short term fix with long term consequences. It's tempting to take the "cheap" way out. Many do-it-yourself sites and discussions tell you to use a nylon or stocking filled with salt placed on the roof. Whaaaaat? Salt will corrode almost any metal it comes in contact with. Salt will quickly rust galvanized metal and corrode aluminum creating an even more expensive problem. Salt water runoff will also certainly kill your vegatation.
Simply use our 100% non-toxic, non corrosive products
Steaming of ice dams
Although this is an effective solution, it can get very costly and is only temporary. If more heavy snows and ice follow the treatment, the ice dam will reform all over again. This is preventable with the Ice Dam Blaster (TM) a low cost, easy solution that will last a long time and make your frozen gutters a thing of the past
I've tried those ice dam tablets, but they don't seem to work. Why?
Opening an ice dam requires a little strategy. First, go back and read how the ice dam forms in the first place. The gutter/downspout is below freezing and the temperature of the roof is just above freezing be it from building heat or solar heat. The slowly melting roof water drips down and freezes when it hits the gutter.
The success with the Ice Dam Blaster is by placing it parallel to the gutter to have the small flow of roof water come in contact with the safe chemical in the Ice Dam Blaster. This seepage through the Blaster creates a brine with a low freezing point. This brine will find its way between any ice and the gutter and provide just enough clearance for water to drain safely through the gutter and downspout. You will need to place a Blaster every 10 to 20 feet depending on conditions.
If the temperatures fall below 20 degrees or so, depending on various conditions, generally that is too cold for additional water to melt. When it warms up over 20 degrees, the water begins to drip again, making more brine. Some products claim to melt to 20 below, but that is not what you want here. Calcium Chloride Ice Melting Products can melt to 20 below, but on the roof, that can quickly dilute and re-freeze, possibly to make it worse
It boils down to this; you need a flow of water through the chemical to create the brine. Calcium Chloride is a good deicer on a flat surface, but it dilutes very quickly and can refreeze only to make things worse. CMA is a slower-acting, longer lasting solution.
Of course, each building is unique in design, construction methods, material choices and maintained differently. Weather is so varied and conditions are always changing, it is impossible to predict or calculate exactly what your needs will be. You've got a big investment with your building, I wouldn't try to nickle and dime your way out of a potentially damaging problem than can cost you many thousands of dollars in damages.
My gutter heat cables have burned out AGAIN! Will this keep my gutters flowing and prevent the ice dam?
Heat tapes or cables for gutters would seem to make sense except they have a habit of burning out, popping a circuit breaker, are on when not needed. Aside from that, they are costly to operate. Using these ice dam prevention products are the easy, low cost way to manange the snow and ice on the roof and in the gutters.
I've heard you can put salt in a nylon or sock to make an ice dam sock. Is salt safe for the roof?
If you live where there is ice and snow, you have likely seen what salt can do to metal and concrete. Rusted our cars, corroded railings, pitted concrete, grass kill and more. If you put salt on the roof, it will dissolve to the maximum concentration potentially creating havoc with the roofing nails, gutters, downspouts, vegetation. Use our 100% safe products. No hype, just scientific-based solutions to frozen gutters.
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The Ice Dam Blaster TM is a sleeve filled with deicer material that is long-lasting and won't damage the roof or its components (including roofing nails, shingles, gutters and down spouts). In addition, the run-off will not damage turf, shrubs, flower beds, or concrete at the bottom of the down spout. Manufacturer may make modifications to the product at times. We will do the best to keep updated with any changes.
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