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Old 12-22-2013, 08:32 AM   #1
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i have thought of this in the past. but now that i actually own gutters, i don't have this problem. but looking at the large ice dams in my neighbors gutters, got my to rethinking about it. would putting any kind of ice melter in gutters cause any unwanted issues ?

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If you aren't getting ice dams why do you want to do it?

Ice dams indicate a roof ventilation problem. If your neighbors are getting them it means their roofs are poorly ventilated. If you're not getting them this means your roof is well ventilated and you should be OK. If the snow stays on your roof until temperatures warm up enough to melt it naturally you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Where people run into problems is when there is too much heat escaping from the home. This causes snow on the roof to melt even when ambient temperatures are below freezing, and then re-freeze at the edge of the roof where the temps are lower, forming those ice dams.

You would do better to make sure you have sufficient vents and insulation up there so that its warm outdoor temps that melt the snow rather than heat from your HVAC system.


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yeah. i know all that. i was just wondering if putting ice melt on the gutters would hurt anything.
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I suppose it could cause some corrosion,but the damage would be minimal----

I've done it--and also poured trails on top of ice dams in order to melt a trough through the ice so the roof would drain----

The damage to the interior of a house plagued with ice dams sometimes calls for strong medicine------better to risk roof and gutter damage than let the water get into the ceilings,walls and windows---
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I suppose it could cause some corrosion,but the damage would be minimal----

I've done it--and also poured trails on top of ice dams in order to melt a trough through the ice so the roof would drain----

The damage to the interior of a house plagued with ice dams sometimes calls for strong medicine------better to risk roof and gutter damage than let the water get into the ceilings,walls and windows---
yeah, thats what i was thinkin.
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Usually with the kind of ice build up you are speaking of, ice melters, heated gutter systems, etc. are not effective when it gets that bad.
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Usually with the kind of ice build up you are speaking of, ice melters, heated gutter systems, etc. are not effective when it gets that bad.
in the case of my neighbor. it would be necessary to keep at it. 1 application would do almost nothing.

in my case. the last 2 years are sure to be the only years of this house that have seen snow stay on the roof.
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we have a slew of 1950s cape cod houses---no soffit venting---undersized roof rafters and little if any insulation---those ice up very badly---what a mess inside when that happens.
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I would not base your house/gutter on your neighbors. Like comparing cars when both running. Either can break anytime. I have been in the gutter and gutter protection business for awhile. Point blank, whether you are see the effect now or not, Ice dams cause long term damage to the gutter, facia board, and roof, etc. Plus, Icicles form on heavy walk ways. This is dangerous as well. I would lay your own heat cable in your gutter, that can heat up dry stuff in the future and cause issues. I would at least get a free estimate for a heated gutter guard. This protects your gutters and keeps debris out year long.

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