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How to fix an Ice Dam

Gutter cleaning helps prevant ice dams.

Clogged gutters contribute to ice dams

Roof Ice damSo, you haven’t called anyone for gutter cleaning, but now you have an ice dam, what now?

Climbing on the roof with snow or ice, makes a dangerous situation even worse. Don’t risk your personal injury if you’re not properly trained, call a professional!

Professionals are skilled and insured to carefully handle this situation. The solutions can range from simple methods of using snow rakes to remove the snow to high end methods of using pressurized steam to safely melt the snow and ice. h2oTEKS provide skilled professional services for residential gutter cleaning.

PLEASE DO NOT EVER TRY TO FIX THIS PROBLEM WITH WELL INTENDED HOME REMODIES. Bad examples form other homeowners have been to us a hammer or pick ax to break it up, using a torch of any kind, or using hot water or a pressure washer. These methods will lead to disaster and even more damage. We will let you use your own imagination on how bad these methods can be. Even a simple method of throwing salt on the roof can lead to unintended damage to the house and landscaping.

The best thing, is always preventative maintenance. This includes making sure your home is properly insulated and ventilated, this is the best course of action as it is fixing the root problem. Perhaps you choose a different method, treating the symptoms not the cause, by adding heating strips or cables to the lower 3′ of your roof.

But, if it’s to late for the that, and you’re not going to call a professional, there are a few things you could do at your own risk. Although it unadvisable to be on a ladder or the roof in the snow, the following can be done from the ground or upstairs windows, at your own risk. The first option, purchase a snow rake and extension pole, this allows you to safely work from the ground, removing the buildup of snow.

The second option, if ice is already underneath the snow,  use sand as a safe melting agent. Unlike salt, which could in excess hurt landscaping in the run off, sand can just disappear in the spring. To your surprise, even on a cloudy day, sand can soak up a lot of heat, melting away snow or ice. just don’t forget to have the gutters cleaned in the spring of remain sand deposit. You only need to melt enough to expose the shingles, once they are exposed they will heat up on their own and melt the rest.

Important tips for any method: Always start at the bottom and work your way up. If you start from the top down, you will either end up with a giant pile up snow coming down in your face, or worse yet, you will melt the top but it will not have free access to the gutters and can refreeze creating a new ice and potential leak in your home.

What if you already have an ice dam and it is leaking in your house? This Old House suggests, cool the attic by venting in cold air as fast as possible. The leak will stop once it freezes up. You can then go about trying to remove the ice dam or wait for the professional to arrive.

h2oTEKS Ltd is happy to provide 20 years worth of experience, specializing in window cleaning, pressure washing, and gutter cleaning. We are not an all purpose cleaning or handy man company. What we do is all that we do, making us great at it!

Were a small family owned/operated business that has given positive results to thousands of homes and businesses.

Rest assured, if its gutter cleaning, window cleaning, or pressure washing; from the South Hills or Peters Township area of  Pittsburgh Pennsylvania up to Wexford, you will have a hard time finding someone else that you will be more satisfied with.

We can be conveniently contacted by the following methods
h2oTEKS Ltd. – (724)


Window Cleaning
Pressure Washing
Pittsburgh, PA

(724) 909-0173

Jonathan is a pleasure to work with. His team is very professional and courteous. They take the time to explain what they will be doing, any concerns they have and ask for you to approve the outcome before leaving. They're also the only company in Pittsburgh that returned my call when I was looking for someone to power wash the house. That speaks volumes.
Stencil Company
Stencil Company
18:53 17 Dec 18
This place was wonderful! Jonathan was very helpful, responded to texts and emails quickly, and was able to service our house within 24hrs. We just bought our home and didn't get a chance to look at the gutters yet when we had an unexpected leak due to a clog. Jonathan removed the clog, cleaned and inspected our gutters and roof thoroughly and made suggestions for improving the slope of gutters in case we continue to have leak/clog issues. Will have him back yearly to maintain our gutters!
Caden O'Malley
Caden O'Malley
08:39 15 Nov 18
Jonathan is very Honest to work and also very professional. I am highly Satisfied.
Ben Porter
Ben Porter
09:29 06 Dec 18
Jonathan Barrick was an absolute delight to work with. It's refreshing to find someone who does what he says he will :) I look forward to working with him again.
George VoorGalos
George VoorGalos
00:58 06 Dec 18
Excellent service. Quality work. Quick response by contact through their email. Highly recommend using this profession company.
Todd Levenson
Todd Levenson
10:29 02 Oct 18
The folks at H2Oteks were prompt, polite and very professional. They charged us a very fair rate and did an excellent job on our windows. Our building has a lot of windows and I was impressed by how quickly and efficiently they got them all done. And the gentleman even did the job while it was raining. I would highly recommend this company.
nate grey
nate grey
17:07 01 Oct 18
We had a wonderful experience with H2oTEKS! Jonathan and team were super responsive and did a great job cleaning our gutters and windows. We will definitely use them again!
Allison Eash
Allison Eash
14:07 15 Apr 19

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