Created: 01/09/2014 9:40 AM WHEC.com
After the polar vortex releases its grip, you'll want to make sure you inspect a key area of your home.
Depending on where you live, you may have icicles hanging from your gutters. If you start seeing a significant build-up of ice and snow on your roof, that could be a warning sign that an ice dam has formed, preventing melting snow from draining off.
You'll want to make sure you remove snow from the roof by using a special tool called a roof rake. It will help push snow off the roof without causing damage to your shingles.
The experts at Angie’s List recommend properly ventilating and insulating your attic to avoid ice dams on the roof. They also say never walk on a snow covered roof and do not use chemicals to melt snow off the roof.
If you're unsure of what to do, always call a professional. A good place to start is by calling a roof contractor.
Also, if you have an older home, try to keep the drains clear.