How prepared are you for ice dam season?
Welcome to the Ice Dam Quiz. Click the + symbol below each set of questions to reveal the answer and an in-depth explanation. Who doesn’t like immediate answers?! You may also print out the entire quiz with the answers at the end of the page. Good luck!
1. Why are ice dams called ice dams?
B. The ice forms a barrier that keeps water (from melting snow) trapped on your roof
C. The ice forms a barrier that makes it harder for you to rake the snow off your roof
2. Where on your roof are ice dams LEAST likely to form?
C. Peak (ridge)
3. Which of the following statements is FALSE?
B. Poor attic insulation can aid in the development of ice dams
C. Any amount of snowfall can aid in the development of ice dams
4. What kind of snow causes ice dams?
B. Light, crunchy snow
C. Any kind of snow
5. Which of the following most accurately describes how ice dams typically form?
B. Snow falls, hot roof causes some snow to melt into water, and water rolls down to cold parts of the roof the and freezes into ice
C. Heavy snow falls, and because it’s so heavy it simply gets packed into ice over time
6. Which of the following is LEAST effective at preventing ice dams?
B. Making sure your attic is well-insulated
C. Keeping the snow off your roof (like by means of roof-raking)
7. What part of your roof is MOST important to rake, in order to prevent ice dams?
C. Around the chimney
8. What’s the main problem with “salt pucks”?
B. They can discolor shingles and discolor or kill plants and/or grass
C. Both of the above
9. What’s the most effective roof-raking technique?
B. Start raking the overhangs and edges of the roof first, then work your way towards the peak of the roof; that makes it easiest to pull all the snow off
C. Both of the above; these techniques are equally effective
10. How do you know when you’ve successfully prevented ice dams?
B. Your roof isn’t leaking
C. You don’t see any ice dams, even after you’ve removed the snow from your roof
11. What might happen if you try to knock or rip icicles off your roof?
B. You could get injured
C. Both of the above
12. Accurate “free estimates” are extremely difficult or impossible for ice dam removal services to provide over the phone or in-person. Why?
B. By law they aren’t allowed to provide free estimates over the phone
C. They would need to know the exact dimensions and pitch of your roof in order to gauge the severity of your ice-dam problem
13. Which of the following ice dam removal techniques is LEAST likely to damage your roof?
B. Melting the ice dams with hot water
C. Melting the ice dams with steam
14. If you hire a steam-only ice dam removal service, which of the following ice dam removal techniques is most effective at preventing ice dams from recurring?
B. Removing only the ice dams from your roof, and not bothering to remove the snow
C. Cutting strategically-placed channels into the ice dams, allowing the dammed-up water to flow off your roof (and saving time “on the clock” that you’d otherwise have to pay for)
15. What if your ice dam removal technician steps in snow on your roof and leaves behind hard-packed snow footprints?
an extended period of time
B. The footprints can refreeze into ice and create additional ice dams
C. The footprints usually remain on your roof well into May—long after the rest of the snow on your roof has melted
16. Why should you make sure that your ice dam removal technician knows where your gas meter is
B. Because your technician will need to be able to climate-control your home or business so that the attic, roof, and snow & ice remain at a steady temperature
C. Because you don’t want snow to be dumped onto the gas meter, which may obstruct the “breather” holes and cause your gas (and heat) to shut off, requiring you to pay someone to dig your gas meter out from under the snow
17. How much obligation is your insurance company under to provide ice dam removal for you?
B. It depends, but the chances are about 50/50 that your insurance company will pay for a portion of it
C. Your insurance will not cover ice dam removal
18. If your ceiling is visibly soggy—as though water has leaked through your roof—or if you see water dripping from your ceiling, what is the best, least-risky way to manage the leaking?
B. By setting up as many fans as you can in the room where the leaking is, and by poking one or more small holes in the soggiest part of the sheetrock with an awl or long nail, so as to allow the water to drain into buckets and not pool up above the ceiling—and then getting the ice dams removed ASAP
C. By setting out as many buckets and rags as you possibly can in order to catch the water—and then getting the ice dams removed ASAP
19. How does the depth of your roof overhangs (AKA eaves) affect the development of ice dams?
B. If your overhangs are deep, it’s harder to rake the parts of your roof above the overhangs
C. The deeper overhangs hold more potential for big ice dams
20. Approximately how much does one cubic foot of ice weigh (that is, an ice block that measures 1 foot x 1 foot x 1 foot)?
B. 37 lbs. – fairly heavy, and equivalent to about 4 gallons of water when it melts
C. 57 lbs. – very heavy, and can add up to several tons of stress and (eventually) water on your roof
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