“An Ounce of Ice Dam Prevention =  . . . . “

To an untrained eye, there are simply two spots on the roof that are snow-free.

To someone who knows about ice dams, though, there are two “hot spots” on the roof (missing insulation?  directly above a Bathroom or shower?) where heat is escaping, causing snow to melt and (possibly) accumulate and re-freeze above the gutter.

When THAT happens, it’s called an “ice dam,” and the fix is much more expensive than simply adding insulation.

P.S.: a nice, even blanket of snow on a home’s roof acts as an insulating blanket, and (usually) indicates that the home’s attic is properly vented and insulated.

See also, “Ice Dams: Who’s Responsible?.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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