Ice dam mythsThe IHBS offers the following information about common misconceptions regarding ice dams:
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The IHBS offers the following information about common misconceptions regarding ice dams:
Ice dams form only around gutters and eaves.
False: Ice dams can also form in roof valleys, pans, and shed dormers.
Heat cables are the answer.
False: Although heat cables can help prevent ice dams from forming, they are not a simple solution. Heat cables last only a few years before they need to be replaced, and it is important to also have proper drainage when using cables.
Ice dams are a problem only for older homes.
False: Ice dams are more common with older homes that have poor ventilation, but newer homes can also be at risk for ice dam damage.
More information about making your home or building more resistant to ice dams and other disasters is available.