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Tips For Homeowners as Chicago Area Thaws

A warm up is on the way.

But, that doesn't mean your roof is in the clear from problems with ice dams. George Neuhaus from Hanson Roofing says to prevent ice dams from forming, removing snow with a snow rake is something a homeowner can do.

"If you've got good insulation and good ventilation, there's a lot of people that have no problems at all," he said. "You can actually remove that snow yourself, but it's best to do that right when it occurs."

When it comes to ice, that's where things can get a bit more tricky.

"If there's ice there, they can probably just put some salt in some different areas every couple of feet to let that channel out," Neuhaus said. "We can physically remove some of that, professionally. You don't want to have a homeowner do that."

If you have a flat roof it's recommended that you don't remove all of the snow. It's OK to leave a bit behind.

You can also help conditions by adding salt by your scupper and along the gutter ridge to prevent ice dams from forming.

Neuhaus says the threat for ice dams should be over in the next couple of days, but...

"We'll probably have to start the cycle all over again with a new fresh snow and everything," he said.

Oh, the woes of winter.

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