But first, fight the urge to go out there with your shovel or axe and chip away at it. This can cause further damage if you choose to break away the ice this way. You'll do more harm than good to the gutters. Instead, you can use hot water or a steam system to remove the ice from the area. If you're leery of handling this, you can hire a professional that knows how to remove the ice, but it is not a permanent way to get rid of the problem. It will most likely come back time after time.
You could wait the ice out as well. A stretch of warm, sunny weather could take care of things. If there is no damage done to the roof, dripping in the inside or so on, then there may be no need to try to remove the ice since it is not directly harming anything. But pay attention to the ice build-up; if it's turning into an ice dam that's reaching up to your roofing shingles, you may find water dripping on your heads while you're inside the home. If serious ice dams are developing, it is definitely time to call an ice dam removal professional like Quarve Contracting.
And then there's the issue of prevention. Make sure that your gutters are cleared out every six months, especially before the snow flies. This makes sure that they are in good working order throughout the winter so you do not have to worry about removing the ice from the gutters.
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