How to Remove Ice Dams

Icicles are a beautiful part of the winter season but can also be a sign of a big problem: ice dams.

Why are Ice Dams Bad?

Ice dams can cause water to back up, leak into your home, peel paint, warp floors, and sag ceilings. All of these problems can lead to mold and mildew issues. Ice Dams can also cause loose or falling gutters and shingles.

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is a thick ridge of ice that forms on the eaves of a roof. This thick layer of ice traps melting snow (water), from escaping the roof. The built-up water can eventually leak into a home causing roof, ceiling, and wall damage.

What Causes Ice Dams?

Ice dams are caused by heat escaping a home through the roof. When this happens, the snow melts in some areas but leaves the thick ice that has already formed on the edge of your roof as ice. The ice ridge remains on the edge of the roof, as the snow melts and trickles down, it is unable to leave the roof. Eventually, the water leaks into the home or freezes again. If the water freezes again, it will help the ice dam grow, continuing this cycle again and again and increasing the chances of your roof leaking.

What Are the Effects of Ice Dams?

When the water backed up by the ice dam finds its way into your home, this moisture causes mold and mildew growth. The sooner these effects are treated, the better. Another major effect of ice dams is damage to your gutters and roof. The heavy dams often cause severe damage to gutter systems. The built-up water causes leaks and harsh wear and tear on your shingles.  

How to Prevent Ice Dams: Call Us!

Ice dams can cause your home to have several types of damage and need to be prevented. Our team of roofing contractors will perform an inspection and develop a course of action for your ice dam issues. Contact us today at 724-960-8002 or send us a message:

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