The first snow of the season is behind us and so is the second. The first snow kicks off the ice dam season. One of the best ways to prevent ice dams on roofs is to remove the snow before it has a chance to melt and freeze and turn into ice.
Yes, you can shovel your roof with a roof rake. They can be purchased at most building materials stores and they are not very expensive especially as compared to repairing water damage caused by water pooling on the roof because of the ice dams.
Now is a good time to buy a roof rake. They will sell out quickly if we get a big snow and they are considered seasonal which means they will be replaced by flower pots and seeds in late January or early February.
To learn about snow and ice dams go to the University of Minnesota Extension website and read up. Knowledge is power!
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