Ice In Gutters and Downspouts? Here’s What You Can Do.

Ice buildup in your gutters and downspouts can cause serious damage to your home. Knowing how to prevent this build-up and how to treat is key to keeping your home’s gutters and downspouts in good condition.

What Causes Ice to Invade Gutters and Downspouts

A common suspect of ice blockages on and around your roof is from poorly insulated attics. An attic lacking good insulation allows heat to escape the home, melting the snow on the roof and allowing it to turn into ice when the temperature outside drops below freezing. Another common cause is poorly maintained gutters. When gutters and downspouts are not kept clean year-round, leaf and debris buildup prevent melting snow from escaping, and it eventually turns into ice.

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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