How To Remove Large Icicles Hanging From The Roof Gutter

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By Liza R. McDaniel

When snow falls on your roof and melts, due to heat from your attic, it can drip down your roof and then refreeze near your gutters. This is referred to as an "ice dam." Some melted snow from above will continue to drip down over the ice dam and form large icicles as it refreezes. These icicles can damage your roof, your gutters and even...

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Open your attic window or top-story window. Reach out and gently grab icicles with your hand or knock them off with a broom handle. If safe, throw the icicles to the ground below. Do not lean dangerously out the window.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Hit the thicker icicles with a sturdy shovel to break them off of your gutters. Make sure there are no people below.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Use a ladder if the icicles are not accessible through an upstairs window. Have a partner hold your ladder steady on the ground. Lean your ladder against the walls of your home, not your gutters, as this will cause further damage to them.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Climb up the ladder and assess the situation. If there is an ice dam causing the icicles that is thicker than 6 inches, call a professional to remove the ice build-up and the icicles.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Hold the ladder carefully with one hand and gently break off icicles with your other hand. Throw the icicles down to the ground away from your partner.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Use a a shovel or broom handle to break off larger icicles. Be very careful not to slip or drop your tool on your partner below. If you are unable to remove the icicles from your gutters, melt the icicles off with a propane torch. Do not hold the torch near your gutters, roof or house. Melt the icicle from the bottom up to avoid giant pieces of ice falling on your partner.

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