Ice melting systems, also referred to as snow melting systems, are becoming increasingly popular in more homes and businesses. They are a cost-effective and convenient method of automatically clearing ice and snow from surfaces such as driveways, parking areas, emergency access areas, and sidewalks. These systems are essential to your home because they eliminate the need for labor-intensive snow removal, shoveling, and salting. Liability due to personal injuries and damage to surfaces is also decreased when you invest in an ice melting system.
Benefits of an Ice Melting System
Here are some reasons why your home or business needs an ice melting system:
- Ice melting systems can be paired with alternative energy sources such as solar, geothermal, and waste heat. They might even be able to operate cost-free.
- They help comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and reduce liability claims.
- The life of your paved surfaces will be extended.
- Conserves gas and prevents pollution by eliminating the need for plows and snow blowers.
- Keeps your interior floors cleaner by eliminating ice and snow that gets tracked inside your home.
Take advantage of alternative heat sources such as biomass, geothermal, or waste heat from within a structure for a virtually cost-free option.
How Does an Ice Melting System Work?
An efficient ice melting system detects snow/ice though inground sensors and heats the affected surface using pipes that are embedded in concrete, asphalt, or sand. This circulates a warm fluid, which in turn melts the snow and keeps the area clear at all times.
How Will an Ice Melting System Prevent Damage to my Home?
Excessive ice and snow will cause significant issues to your home’s exterior. Your home’s rain gutters, roof, and siding of your home are all subject to damage. Unfortunately, Utah residents are more prone to this damage because of the state’s winter conditions. Ice dams are the primary cause of leaking and roof damage, which creates even more complex issues for your home’s exterior.
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. Water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. The dam grows as it is fed by melting snow above it.
Sometimes ensuring that your rain gutter is free from debris isn’t enough to prevent ice dams from forming. When ice builds up in the rain gutter, it not only builds up and over the rain gutter, (which then forms dangerous icicles) but it backs up and sneaks under the shingles on the roof; this will harm your home.
Investing in an ice melting system prevents icicles and ice dams from forming in the first place. M&M Gutters has you covered. Our self-regulating heat tape automatically adjusts its power output to accommodate to changes in outside air temperature. Contact M&M Gutters today and treat your home to a quality ice melting system.