Keep your roofs clear to avoid ice dams

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The week’s freeze will be followed by a thaw that could create major headaches for homeowners.

During the winter, ice dams can form along your roof line, which could mean leaks and repairs. 

“The problems are typically going to happen when you get the warm up. Particularly if you get rain with the warm up,” Nate Bush told 24 Hour News 8.

Bush serves as general manager for Weather Shield Roofing Systems. He joined Daybreak to discuss what homeowners should do to prevent problems.

“It’s really tempting to just knock down the huge icicles that are dangling down but that is actually not where most of the problems are going to come,” he explained. “The problems are going to come right at the edge of the roof where the ice builds up so high that there’s a pool of water behind that ice on the shingles or flat roof.”

He recommends using a roof rake to get snow safely off your roof or purchasing discs of salt to toss along the gutters once it warms up enough to be effective.

You can watch the interview in the video above.

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