Frankenmuth hardware store owner gives tips to avoid ice dams


    Frankenmuth hardware store owner gives tips to avoid ice dams

    As welcome as the milder temperatures are, the change can wreak havoc on your home.

    Ice dams are a common winter culprit.

    They can cause water to drip into your home, costing you time and money.

    Before becoming a true value owner in Frankenmuth and Vassar, Adam Barden learned a lot from buying his first home. One lesson: how to deal with ice dams.

    “I was up there my first winter with a hammer and chisel trying to get the ice off the roof which was probably not the safest way to address it knowing what I know now I would have done things differently,” he said.

    They happen when ice and snow build up on your roof which can prevent melting water from draining. That could end up leaking into your home.

    “The best solution for ice dams is bolstering the insulation of your house. A lack of insulation is usually what causes ice dams,” he said.

    But that can be expensive and time consuming. So Adam says your next best bet is using a roof rake to remove snow. He also suggests using products with calcium chloride.

    “We don't recommend using rock salt it can do damage to your home and shingles so we recommend calcium chloride to remove ice dams,” he said.

    And Adam says if you do have to climb up on your roof make sure someone's holding the ladder and watching you. Because if you don't, you could end up having bigger problems.

    “Have good boots on and make sure there's no snow on the ladder. The last thing you want to do is fall off a ladder and end up in the hospital that's a lot worse than an ice dam,” he said.

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