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Ice, melting snow causing problems for roofs

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All the snow is causing problems on more than just the roads. It's also big trouble for people's roofs.

Conditions this year were perfect for icicles to form on houses. They do look pretty, but they can also wreak havoc on roofs and gutters.

"We first noticed the problem when we saw water coming in around the door frame," said Andy Cohen.

His brand new roof is already leaking.

"It's been a little frustrating to play detective and figure out what's causing it," he said.

Across the street his neighbor Kay Sharma has the same problem, saying she's already dumped seven or eight buckets full of water.

Roofing contractor Braden Castaner said the problem probably isn't the materials or the roof's design – it's the huge blocks of ice that fuse to shingles and gutters.

"Water runs down the roof, hits the colder eaves at the bottom. Freezes. Boom. Ice dam," he said.

The ice keeps melting snow from running into gutters so it seeps through walls instead. Castaner said it's important to shovel or brush off snow as soon as possible, but advises against chopping up the ice because it might damage the roof.

"If we can at least remove the snow up above it, it will relieve some of the water pressure," he said.

Castaner said he and other roofers are constantly answering calls because of the recent snowfall. He recommends calling a professional to determine the best course of action as well as making sure hot air can get out of your attic.

"A lot of people don't realize that ice damming is related to ventilation. You get a lot of heat built up in the attic and that leads to ice damming," he said.

Safety can also be an issue on a snowy roof, which is why Cohen called a professional.

Castaner said he and other roofers expect even more calls to come in once the ice and snow start to melt this weekend.

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