Ice dams do cause some of nature’s most beautiful landscapes – like snowflakes – but they also do damage to your home. (DepositPhotos) If you are lucky enough to live in the Sunbelt or some other temperate zone, you have probably never heard of – or at least experienced – the ice dams, on the other hand, I live in New England, every winter, the dams are Glaciers are common – and welcome – as frostbite and sub-zero temperatures, and that’s because ice dams can be problematic, destructive, and impossible to remove once they’re fully formed, as ice dams lead to ice formations. (DepositPhotos) Glacier Dams: Beautiful, yet problematic, ironically, ice dams are often responsible for one of the most beautiful and iconic winter images: shimmering clear snowflakes hanging from gutters and cornices. Snowflakes – But only when they’re hanging from someone else’s house, then, what causes ice dams? It all starts with a snow-covered roof. The layer of snow directly on the roof begins to melt, the water flows onto the roof under the snow cover, and as the water hits the overhanging edges of the house, it begins to freeze. Some of the water flows to the gutter, where it also freezes, and as the snow continues to melt and the water freezes at the eaves, the ice eventually accumulates along the surface, forming a thick ridge or dike, then the water flows down the surface, it is blocked by the ice dam, and forced to Ascending to the surface, I know it seems to defy all laws of physics (and logic), but the water will actually flow to the surface, making its way under the wooden planks.