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Protecting your home from ice dams during the winter

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It’s coming. Blistering cold and blinding snow are right around the corner, and now is the time to plan ahead.
 
Insulation not only keeps you and your family warm, it saves you money on utility bills and protects your home from dreaded ice dams.
 
“Your insulation should be almost up to, depending on how tall you are, up to your knee," Rod Standifer, President of ABC Roofing said. "But 13-and-a-half inches, 12 inches, I mean you’re going to be OK.”
 
Installing the right amount of insulation now can save you thousands of dollars down the road.

When it snows, the problems accumulate, like ice dams. They form when warm air in the attic melts snow on the roof, then that water freezes.

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“If you’re tackling removing an ice dam yourself, the number one concern you should have is for your safety," sais Angie's List founder Angie Hicks. "Be sure you have a buddy who’s going to help you with the ladder."
 
"Provided that your roof is installed properly, you should never have any problems," Standifer explained.
 
But, if it’s not, start with deicing pellets. They look like white hockey pucks and can be found at most hardware stores for about $20. Place them on the roof to help melt the ice, then use roof rakes to clear the snow. Repeat during each snow event.
 
If you don’t fix the problem, roof repairs can set you back $5,000 or more.

New insulation can cost about $2,000, but you’ll get that money back when it saves you 10-20% of your utility bills each year.
 
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