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Are heating coils on your roof a safe way to prevent ice dams?

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Homeowners can safely run heating cables through a home's gutters in order to prevent ice dams from occurring. However, ice dams are a sign that the house has a ventilation problem, and the best possible solution is to fix this ventilation problem to prevent ice dams.

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Ice dams occur because the warmth within an attic area escapes, melting the snow and ice on a roof. This melted snow then refreezes, forming ice dams. Ice dams can lead to numerous problems for a home, including the growth of mold. It can also strain a home's HVAC system and lead to higher energy bills.

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