Winter Weather

  1. Heat from inside your home enters the attic, warming the roof.
  2. The snow on top of your roof melts and runs off the house.
  3. As temperatures drop, the melted snow can refreeze at the edge of the roof, forming an ice dam.
  4. The ice dam blocks any additional melted snow and forces it back up the roof and into the attic. 
  • Insulate the attic floor and light fixtures in the ceiling below it to minimize the amount of heat entering from your home.
  • Keep the attic well-ventilated.
  • Remove debris from gutters and drains so water can properly flow through them.
  • Put weather-stripping around entryways to the attic.
  • Seal attic ducts, chimneys and fans.

Trying to remove ice dams yourself can be extremely dangerous. You should have a licensed contractor help remove the ice dams.

You can choose who repairs your home or let us help you find qualified professionals to do the work. Amica has partnered with Contractor Connection to provide you with more than 2,000 professionally credentialed emergency service and restoration contractors.

Trying to remove ice dams yourself can be extremely dangerous. You should have a licensed contractor help remove the ice dams.

You can choose who repairs your home or let us help you find qualified professionals to do the work. Amica has partnered with Contractor Connection to provide you with more than 2,000 professionally credentialed emergency service and restoration contractors.


Check out our infographic to learn the causes of – and solutions for – ice dams.

Preventing and removing ice dams: a small snow-covered house with icicles on the front

Check out our infographic to learn the causes of – and remedies for – ice dams.


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