How to remove icicles safely

Stephanie Duprey
Updated: February 22, 2021 11:22 PM
Created: February 22, 2021 10:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Novis Brewster owns Brewster Home Improvements in Rochester. He’s been in the business for more than 30 years and says this year's whacky weather has created thick sheets of ice that are sticking to homes like glue.

"The icicles, if they get too heavy they might take the gutters down," Brewster said. "The snow covered up all the vents, the inside should be just as cool as the outside so it melts on top of the overhang and refreezes.” 

If you have water seeping through your walls, ice dams are to blame. If your home has poor roof insulation, no overhang or your roof lays flat, when the snow melts, it makes its way to your gutters and freezes over.

"If you have a good foot of ice on the roof's edge when the water comes down the snow melts and comes down, it can't go over the ice so it backs up in the shingles and leaks into the house,” Brewster said.

It's enticing to want to snap off the giant icicles or try and break them off your roof yourself, Brewster says he encourages people to hire help because that could create damage that could cost thousands of dollars to fix. 

“A lot of people will hit it so hard that they hit the roof or the gutters and make more damage than their fixing," Brewster said. 

Hiring help is always an option, but if you're a DIY kind of person, there are other options. 

"If they can chisel some of the ice away and then put a little rock salt, that doesn't hurt,” Brewster added.

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