Ice Dam It!

A Blog dedicated to the prevention of ice dams and the damage they cause.

Victorian Home Receives Ice Dam Prevention Upgrade
Friday, January 29, 2016 9:40:00 AM

For years this home suffered from a poorly designed heat cable system using the zig zag method. While these were the commercial style of self regulating heat tape, the zig zag installation meant a lot of heat cable was used but very little is accomplished in relation to the energy used... read more

What Difference Is There In Ice Dam Prevention Products?
Saturday, March 21, 2015 3:16:00 PM

There are different types of systems for ice dam prevention. They range from zig zag heat tape strewn on the roof to advanced thermally conductive materials that convey the heat to mats and meshes that are installed underneath the shingles.... read more

New England Winter Leads to Severe Ice Dam Problems
Posted by Greg Bublitz Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:24:00 PM

The winter of 2014/2015 has meant severe ice dams for many New England residents! It just doesn't seem to end. Snow, cold, more snow, more cold. Watching the Weather Channel, the commentator said they were looking forward to the warm up when it... read more

Do It Your Self Ice Dam Prevention System
Posted by Greg Bublitz Thursday, December 25, 2014 1:57:00 PM

Home Owner Do-It-Yourself attempt at an ice dam prevention system. The street looked familiar as I pulled onto. Sure enough, I had already estimated an ice dam prevention system on this street. In fact, it was right across the street from the house ... read more

Do hardwire heat cables need to be ground fault protected?
Posted by Greg Bublitz Thursday, December 18, 2014 4:24:00 PM

Self regulating heat cables need ground fault protection! Whether you are plugging heat cables into an outlet or hard wiring them to a junction box, heat cables require ground fault protection. This is for the safety of the structure and its... read more

Are Zig Zag Heat Cables Effective for Ice Dam Prevention?
Posted by Greg Bublitz Friday, November 28, 2014 5:39:00 PM
Can the heat cables I purchase at my hardware store or big box store effectively solve my roof ice dams? It might seem a little strange, but I pay attention to heat cable systems on roofs of homes and businesses. Most are easy to spot because of... read more

Concealed Ice Dam Prevention System
Posted by Greg ublitz Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:19:00 PM
Release Date 4/29/14 We are proud to post an update to our ice dam prevention products offer - the IceBlaster EMS Hidden Heat. This great product features a single cable run that can have different heat outputs making it suitable for different... read more

What Can Be Done to Prevent Ice Dams?
Posted by Greg ublitz Saturday, April 05, 2014 1:41:00 PM
What can be done to prevent ice dams? Ice dam prevention falls under two categories. 1) Treating the causes and 2) Treating the symptoms. Sometimes the solution requires a combination of both. Understanding why the ice dam is forming is critical to ... read more

How to operate the AS Digital Thermostat Controller
Posted by Greg blitz Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:52:00 PM
For the best performance of your heat cable and radiant roof edge ice dam prevention system, it is a good idea to have the heat cable system on at temperatures that they will be most effective. This means that they should be on as it approaches... read more

Is Roof Venting Necessary for Ice Dam Prevention
Posted by Greg blitz Thursday, January 23, 2014 1:05:00 PM
RoRoof and Ridge Vents Serve a Purpose One of the most common ideas in ice dam prevention is that roof ventilation is required. The idea is that if the attic is cool the snow will not melt. So roof venting pulls in 'cool' air from the soffits or... read more

Does Metal Roof Prevent Ice Dams?
Friday, March 15, 2013 7:48:00 AM
Can Metal Roofing Prevent Ice Dams - The Truth! Residential metal roofing salesmen often promote that metal roofing products are a great way to prevent ice dams. They toute metal's ability to let the snow slide right off. The logic is 'no snow, no... read more

How Do I Get Rid of My Roof Ice Dam?
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 9:16:00 PM
Roof and Gutter Ice Dams Are a Winter Menace! They can build so quickly and go unnoticed until it is too late. The water starts dripping in through the trim on the window. Or it shows up as a stain on the ceiling. The icicles dripping on the stairs ... read more

IceBlaster Edge Melt System Concealed Ice Dam Prevention System
Thursday, March 07, 2013 9:30:00 AM
The end of unsightly zig zag heat tape on the roof! The old solution to ice dam problems was to string up some heat tape from the hardware store in a zig zag fashion on the roof edge. These were occasionally effective if the snow fall was less than ... read more

Plugged Ridge Vent Doesn't Solve Ice Dam Issues
Monday, March 04, 2013 7:24:00 AM
Roof Ventilation is a must! A real issue home owners face is proper roof ventilation. All roofing manufacturers require a roof to be ventilated. There are some exceptions with what are known as 'hot roofs' or insulated panels that comprise the... read more

Do Gutters Cause Ice Dams?
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 2:27:00 PM
Gutters and Ice Dams One question that is often posed by homeowners is "Can I just take my gutters off to prevent ice dams?" The reasoning goes like this. The snow melts on the roof, runs down to the gutter, and refreezes there. If there is no... read more

Roof Ice Dam Prevention and Home Automation Systems

Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:52:00 AM
Efficient Roof and Gutter Ice Dam Prevention System Operation We are often asked about the best way to operate a roof and gutter ice dam prevention system. The simplest way is a light switch. Turn the system on when you want it to operate and off... read more

How Do I Operate My Heat Cable System?
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:24:00 PM
How To Operate Your Roof or Gutter Heat Tape? Several individuals recently sought out WI Ice Dam Solutions for advice on how to operate their heat cables. What temperatures should they turn their roof heat cables on at? Should they let the ice dam... read more

Beware - Roof Raking Can Cause Ice Dams
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 9:24:00 AM
THE CURE BECOMES THE CAUSE! Often touted as a cure for ice dams, roof raking often creates ice dams in worse places. Roof raking accomplishes its best results when all of the snow can be removed from the roof. Only removing a portion of the snow... read more

Can Roof Heat Cables Use Solar Power?
Friday, March 09, 2012 2:01:00 PM
Solar Powered Heat Cables? With so much emphasis on going green, saving energy and reducing our carbon foot print, many wonder about the use of solar power to operate a heat cable system for ice dam prevention. While it is not feasible to operate... read more

Do Roof and Gutter Ice Melt Systems Need a Thermostat Controller?
Monday, January 30, 2012 3:18:00 PM
Common Misconception One of the biggest misconceptions about self regulating heat cables is whether or not they turn themselves off in warm temperature. The simple answer is they do not turn themselves off when temps rise above freezing. To turn ... read more

VersaScreen IceBlaster To Partner With Bylin Roof Ice Melt Systems
Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:21:00 PM
Finally! A Roof Ice Melt System and Heated Gutter Protection System that are compatible. Release - VersaScreen Gutter Protection VersaScreen Gutter Protection and Bylin Roof Ice Melt Systems have inked a distribution agreement for the VersaScreen ... read more

How Much Do Roof Heat Cables Cost To Run?
Sunday, January 08, 2012 6:40:00 AM
With energy costs rising, pocket books shrinking, and energy consumption becoming an increasing concern, one should consider the operating cost of a Roof and Gutter Ice Dam Prevention System. Several factors go into estimating operating costs... read more

How Much Do Roof Deicing Systems Cost?
Saturday, January 07, 2012 8:24:00 AM
Many factors contribute to the cost of a Roof and Gutter Ice Melting System. Products used, design considerations, electrical requirements, and areas to be protected - all influence the final cost of a system. With the internet it is possible to... read more

Why We Use Bylin Roof Ice Melt Technology
Friday, January 06, 2012 7:33:00 PM
A good reputation is an important possession. It takes time to earn it, it can't be bought, it is more valuable than gold, it can easily be lost. Some try to earn it through bravado or hype. Others recognize the value of effort and hard work...  read more

What Do Straw Dogs Have To Do With Roof Ice Melt Systems?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 7:04:00 AM
A straw dog is something - an idea, concept, design, etc. - set up for the purpose of destroying it, degrading it, or otherwise demeaning it to make something else look better. In business, the straw dog usually does not accurately depict what is... read more

New Roof Edge Melt System
Sunday, March 20, 2011 6:32:00 PM
Introducing the Edge Melt Systemâ„¢! We will soon be offering the Edge Melt Systemâ„¢ in the spring of 2011. The product features an extruded aluminum panel that is heated by one self regulating heat cable. The aluminum alloy... read more

Ice Busting Goes High Tech
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 4:57:00 PM
While Showing Park City to some visiting friends one spectacularly sunny day last winter, I noticed how enthralled they were with the massive icicles suspended from practically every house we passed. They insisted I stop several times so they could... read more

Plan Now For Winter!
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 4:50:00 PM
Record-breaking snowfalls occurred this past winter in many areas of the United States. The snow, along with icicles and ice dams, also caused another record to be set in many areas - roof damage. Even during winters without heavy snow, however, ice ... read more

What causes an ice dam?
Monday, January 31, 2011 4:02:00 PM
Ice Dam Causes Very simply - snow and heat. Ice dams are formed when snow melt refreezes at the eaves (gutters) and in the valleys. Causes for snow melt can be heat loss from the house, solar radiation (sun's rays) and temperature fluctuations... read more