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How Do I Get Rid Of Ice In My Gutters?


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When there’s snow on your roof, it can be challenging to determine whether the buildup is from melting snow or from ice dams. Ice dams occur when the snow melts and causes water to run down the roof shingles. If left alone, this water can build up and freeze into a layer of ice that blocks gutters and drains so rainwater cannot exit your home efficiently. So, should you use roof ice-melting mats? Are they safe? Is there a safer alternative? We’ll discuss all this and more.

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Removing Snow And Ice From Gutters

To remove snow from your roof, get a powerful leaf blower and ladder. First, use the leaf blower to blow off the snow on top of your gutters and downspouts. Then climb onto your roof with a long-handled rake or broom handle and poke it down into each gutter to dislodge any remaining ice chunks.

If you don’t want to climb up on ladders every time it snows or freezes, use an electric heat gun instead of an ordinary leaf blower for this step (be careful not to burn yourself!). Heat guns can melt away ice very quickly, but they may lead to damaging paint or siding around your home’s exterior.

Use A Good Roof Gutter Ice Melt. 

To get rid of ice in gutters, you can use Safe Thaw to melt it. Safe Thaw is a natural product that’s safe for children and pets and won’t cause any damage to your gutters or roofing materials. It’s an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical-based ice melters that can be harmful if they come into contact with your skin or are ingested by kids or pets.

Roof Ice Melting Mats.

You can also find roof ice-melting mats, which look like rubber mats with wires. You can place them on the roof. When the temperature drops below freezing, the wires heat up and melt the ice. However, these are not good for gutters because they create an electrical hazard and can cause a fire if they get wet.

Avoid Chemical-Based Roof Gutter Ice Melt.

If you use chemical ice melt, it is imperative to know that the salt in the product can corrode your gutter. This can lead to leaks and other problems. Chemical ice melt can damage your gutters as it contains corrosive chemicals that can damage any metal surface it comes into contact. Additionally, if you use a product with a high salt content (like rock salt), not only does it have the potential to damage any plants or grass around your home, but it also poses a risk to pets and wildlife.

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I hope this article has answered all your questions about getting rid of ice in gutters and using roof ice-melting mats. If you have more questions about how to prevent or remove them, please let me know in the comments below! 

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