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Roof raking important to prevent ice dams

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The large amounts of snow and inches of ice have piled up on the roofs of Connecticut homes over the past few weeks and Eyewitness News is looking into the proper ways to clear them.

On Wednesday, Eyewitness News found people clearing 3 to 4 feet of snow from the gutters edge. However, the rain made it difficult.

Management for Ales Roofing Company said they have received calls daily to clear the snow off the roofs of Connecticut homes.

"They should actually start thinking about before an ice dam occurs, before water gets into their house," said Jay Ales with Ales Roofing Company.

Ales said ice dams are the top reason to clear the snow off your roof.

Ice dams happen when water builds up and has nowhere to go, but inside your home.

That's what 77-year-old Nick Nicholas, of Rocky Hill, is trying to avoid.

"I have to do it now before the rain comes, when it thaws out it will have some place to go," Nicholas said.

Nicholas said he was outside for almost two hours clearing snow and ice off his roof. Nicholas said he wanted to do it himself.

"I like the exercise," Nicholas said.

The professionals for Ales Roofing Company said now is the time to get out and do it, especially before another big snow fall.

You will have to decide if you clear your roof or you hire a professional to do it.

Either way you should think about doing it before that leak develops, then you're paying a lot more.

"In that case, it's too late, you need to remove the ice dam to stop the water from coming into the home," Ales said.

Hiring a roof raking professional can be costly and can cost up to $400. The price depends how big your home is.

Roof rakes cost under $50, if you can find one. They're a hot commodity. Eyewitness News called a few places in Connecticut and they were out.

Eyewitness News called a few places in Connecticut and they were out.

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