When the cold weather hits our homes often take the brunt of the damage. From freezing pipes to winter storm damage, there are lots of things a homeowner needs to worry about when it comes to preventing damage in the winter and ice dams are one of them.
Ice dams happen after a heavy snow. The warm air from the top of the house heats the outside roof surface to the point that snow melts. When roof snow is melted by a warm attic space, it runs down and freezes again when it gets past the exterior wall and hits a cold unheated roof edge or gutter. The ice dam grows as the process repeats itself and the ice dam becomes larger.
Ice dams can create damage to not only your roof and gutters, they can cause interior damage as well. Water from the melting snow and ice can find their way under shingles and behind exterior walls. In some cases, if the right temperature and humidity exist, mold may begin to grow in the attic or top floor of your house. Often paint will peel or blister weeks or months after the ice dam had melted as moisture from the leak in the wall or ceiling cavities tries to leave and pushes outward.
How do you battle an ice damming situation?
- Use A Roof Rake
This took allows you to remove at least the first 4 feet of snow from the roofs edge to help prevent damage
- Apply calcium chloride or an ice melt to the ice dam
Be careful if you choose this method as you will most likely need to utilize a ladder which is not recommended in cold and icy conditions.
- Professional Ice Dam Removal
There are professional companies available that are insured and will remove your ice dam using professional equipment such as high pressure steam. This approach may cost a few hundred dollars but the prevention of damage to your home may be significant.
If you are experiencing water damage due to an ice damming situation, give us a call. We offer expert services in water damage remediation and provide free estimates. Feel free to learn more about us and the services we provide by logging onto 631-467-6600