Just because they are out of sight does not mean they don’t exist. A great example of this is ice dams. Ice dams form when melting snow on the roof refreezes near the edge before it runs off the roof. Repeated melting and freezing creates a thick mass of ice by the edge of the roof, which allows melting snow to puddle behind it. That standing water can eventually penetrate the shingles, causing leaks and potentially expensive damage. Additionally, those hanging icicles can eventually break away and fall, injuring people.

The Best Way to Prevent Ice Dams

The best way to prevent ice dams from forming is to install de-icing cables, or roof heating cables. These cables – which are spaced along the edge of the roof – prevent the melted snow and ice from refreezing. Here are some of the key components:

Here are a few other things to consider:

Contact Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for Installation of Roof Heating Cables

If you’re uncomfortable working with electricity – or standing on a tall ladder, for that matter – contact the professionals at Ravinia Plumbing today to schedule an appointment to install roof heating cables.