Since we sell Gutters, Downspouts, and Soffit we get a ton of questions each winter about Ice Dams. The problem in the Pittsburgh area is pervasive and the solutions can be complex. On the Internet, you can find many pros and cons of each method suggested. Whatever you decide to do – Please Be Safe!
Here are some great articles by The University of Minnesota and The University of Massachusetts Amherst on the topic. They certainly know a lot about living in cold climates.
Here’s a common solution I really like for a quick fix: Pantyhose. Remember to place it vertically on the roof to form a channel for the water to run down not parallel with the gutter. eHow.com – Home