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How to prepare you house for the warm weekend after the freezing week

Milwaukee resident with shovel and black jacket digs out from storm
Posted at 3:25 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 18:51:05-05

After a week of frigid temperatures, you’re probably ready for a warm up. However, your house might need a little TLC before it’s ready for warmer temperatures.

One major problem is ice dams.

Ice dams occur when the ice and snow closer to your home begins to melt. Because of the buildup of ice, there's no place for the water to drain. The water only has one place to go and that’s inside your home.

Jerry Johnson of Milwaukee Ice Dam Removal has a few tips for homeowners.

“Keep your downspouts clear and make sure no snow is over the drain,” Johnson said.

This way the water has a place to drain and makes it lease likely to get in your home.

If you do notice a leak, it is important to call for help as the water could get in through light fixtures and electric sockets. This could pose a fire hazard.

If you’re happy to do it yourself. You can use a bit of elbow grease and pick away the ice yourself. Johnson offers another tip, make sure your gutters are clear of ice. You can even buy devices to help warm the areas of your roof that are prone to ice dams.