Ice Melt Socks
How to Remove Ice Dams using Ice Melt Socks
By Mark J. Donovan
Ice melts socks are an easy, safe and inexpensive way to remove ice dams
from roofs. Ice dams if left unchecked can damage walls, ceilings, window
sills and carpet. Chipping them away with a hammer, axe or chisel can damage
you shingles, and as a result, should never be done.
Ice melt socks, as their name suggests are socks that are filled with ice
melt. The typical ice melt sock is made from nylon, is around 18 inches in
length, and can hold up to several pounds of ice melt.
You can buy empty ice melt socks at
hardware and home improvement centers. You can also easily make your own if you
have some old nylon socks or stockings lying around the home. Simply poor 3 to 4
pounds of non-staining and non-corrosive ice melt into each sock and tie off the
end of it.
Place an ice melt sock every 5 to 10
feet along the length of the roof. They should be placed perpendicularly over
the ice dam, and run up the roof line approximately 12 to 18 inches. If you have
gutters, have them extend outwards over the gutters. Over time the ice dam
melting socks will melt grooves into the ice dams so that snow melt water can
drain from the roof.
An ice melt sock will usually last an
entire winter season, however you can easily refill them if necessary.
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