If your attic is not properly ventilated or insulated, it can lead to the formation of ice dams, which is basically a ridge of ice that has formed on the edge of your roof, during the winter months. This ridge of ice causes water to backflow into your attic and cause extensive water damage. You need to call a roofing contractor as soon as possible to deal with the situation and to determine what caused the ice dams to form in the first place. In the meantime, here are 3 ways that you can try to treat and get rid of the ice dams.

Use a Rake to Physically Remove Snow and Ice that Has Accumulated

You basically want to get rid of the ice dams as soon as possible. Because of this reason, take a rake or a shovel and physically remove as much of the snow and ice as possible if you can reach your roof. Be careful not to scrape too hard or else you might damage the shingles underneath. Although this solution won't prevent the ice dams from forming again in the future, it is a temporary measure that will remove the ice dams before they cause any further damage. You still need to contact a roofing contractor as soon as the snow melts to determine the underlying cause behind the ice dam formation.

Toss Some Rock Salt onto the Roof

If outdoor temperatures remain relatively cool, it might take some time for the ice dam to melt. With every passing moment, more and more water can backflow and seep into the underlying roof structure and cause additional water damage. You want to get the ice and snow on your roof to melt as soon as possible, and one of the simplest solutions is to simply toss and sprinkle some rock salt onto your roof. Spread and distribute the salt as evenly as possible. If you are concerned that the salt might damage your roof, toss several socks or a paper bags filled with rock salt onto the roof instead.

Blow Cool Air

If you've noticed that an ice dam has formed, one of the first things you should do is to check your attic to determine whether any of the water is seeping inside. If you do notice some water stains, make sure to blow cool air onto the water stains using a fan. This should help refreeze the water that is seeping in from the ice dams and prevent the damage from worsening.


Be wary of ice dams during the winter. It's crucial that you act quickly the moment that you notice ice dams forming in order to prevent extensive water damage to your home. For more information, contact local professionals like Trinity Contracting & Construction