By Rich Cosgrove, President Stark County Association of REALTORS®

Icicles are the pinnacle of winter, glittering effortlessly from your gutters, roof, and even your car. While they are beautiful to look at from a distance, did you know they are also dangerous to not only your safety, but your property as well?

They can damage your roof’s insulation

According to Houselogic, icicles can be in indication that you have an ice dam, or one is in the process of forming. Ice dams form from the repeated thawing and refreezing of water on your roof. Roofs are sloped to prevent water from becoming stagnant on its surface. With ice dams, the water continues to build until there is a small puddle that can seep through the roof and soil the insulation.

They can destroy gutters and shingles

Icicles can be extremely heavy. The weight of a large icicle is enough to cause damage to your roof. Icicles can pull shingles loose or bow and break your gutters. To prevent icicles from forming and growing on your roof, make sure your property is well insulated and ventilated. If you have ice on your roof that you want to get rid of, you can fill a pair of pantyhose with ice melting agents and carefully place them on your roof. This can prevent the buildup of ice and prevent water dams from forming.


One serious concern with the growth of icicles is their potential danger to you and your loved ones. Icicles often fall from where they are located, especially when the weather warms up enough for it to begin melting. This can be extremely dangerous to your safety, as well as objects in the surrounding area. If you see one forming, try to remove it safely as quickly as you can.

They can cause a mold infestation

Ice dams that have melted and seeped under the shingles on your roof not only cause a problem with soiling your insulation, but it can also cause mold to form. Mold is dangerous to your family as the spores travel through the air and can cause health concerns. How should you prevent ice dams from causing mold? According to Houselogic, “Having sufficient insulation is key, but keep in mind that a well-insulated attic has to be balanced with good ventilation. An attic shouldn’t be more than 15 degrees hotter than rest of the house — if it is, you need better ventilation.” If you suspect that there is a mold infestation in your property, you should contact a professional water damage inspector.

While icicles can be a beautiful indicator that winter is in full swing, it may be your first sign that there is a developing problem within the structure of your home. Often, icicles can be harmless and happen to form from the air surrounding the stream becoming cold quickly. Removing them and checking for any damage can save you quite a bit of money, especially if there is an issue arising from ice dams. For more information about what you should know about icicles as a homeowner, please read Houselogic’s article:

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