PORTLAND, Maine (WCSH) The next time you shovel snow from your driveway, consider picking up a roof rake and clearing snow on top of your house, too.

Regularly clearing off ice and snow from roofs can reduce the possibility of ice dams forming.

Ice can build up when heat escapes from inside a house. The heat will melt ice piled up on top of the roof, and then re-freeze, creating an ice dam. Professionals say ice dams can cause thousands of dollars in damage, if they aren’t cleared quickly.

“It’s going to come down, go under your shingles, and it’s going to eventually come through your home, affecting your ceilings, wall, floor, and cause a lot of damage,” said Jim Engle, from Details Pressure Wash Services in Kittery, Maine.

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