Experts weigh in on the dangers of icicles

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - From snapped power lines to fallen trees, last night's ice storm left behind a treacherous mess.

Mother nature also left icicles behind, creating dangers as they hang from gutters and roofs. The ice weighing them down, creating the potential for damage.

"We've seen a lot of that," Joe Koehl said, manager of Arnold's Home Improvement. "You'll see lots of icicles forming off of them, and the gutters can actually be filling up with ice. A lot of times, this is a concern."

Ice dams are also a huge concern. This is when the ice melts on the upper portion of your roof before the bottom, causing a build up of ice and subsequent leaks inside your home.

"There's really not a whole lot you can do with the ice dams and ice jams in the roof," Jason Arnold said, owner of Arnold's Home Improvement. "We use chlorine sulfate to put on a roof, but you can't use rock salt. We don't encourage you to go up there and start beating it with a hammer trying to break them up because you're doing more damage to the roof and the gutters of the house."

You might be asking yourself what you can do to prevent such damage. Experts say to leave the icicles alone if you can. If you must knock them down, take precaution.

"You can try to knock the icicles themselves out of the gutters, but I wouldn't try banging on it very hard because you could cause extra damage that you don't need to cause," Koehl said.

You can always give a local roofing company a call if you need help with ice removal.

It's important to remember icicles can not only cause damage to your home, but also could cause injury. Be sure if you're heading outside to be aware and to never stand under any icicles.