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Warmer Temperatures Causing Ice Dam Concerns

COLUMBUS (Andrew Michael/Ken Hines) -- Many central Ohioans are welcoming rising temperatures, but the warmer weather could cause some problems in the form of ice dams.

The dams are formed when snow and ice that melt amid relatively high afternoon temperatures refreeze on the edges of roofs.

The ice dams block water from draining off roofs, causing it freeze underneath shingles. That ice could lead to structural and cosmetic damage, including watermarks along rooms' upper corners.

People concerned about ice dams can use salt socks -- pantyhose filled with rock salt -- to prevent them from forming. The salt socks should be placed on the roof to provide a channel for water to flow.
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