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Ice Damming

Ice-dams on roofs are pretty on the roofs lines UNTIL… it starts coming into the house.

Ice Damming goes generally un-noticed until it’s too late, and the damage inside the house is noticed.

Ice dams can form with 1 or 2 inches of snow accumulating on a roof. Poorly insulated attics with little or no ventilation stay warm during the winter and melt the underlaying snow is the leading cause of ice damming on shingles.

So What Causes An Ice Dam?

Ice dams form when snow freezes at the roof edge. People who has live in cold climates are familiar with ice dams. Ice dams have a sparkling beauty along roof lines. However, these beautiful roof lines will cause tremendous amount most of damage to our homes. A common misconception is that gutters cause ice damming. The truth is that ice dams will form on the colder eve edge regardless of gutters being present.

Three things must occur for an ice dam to form

  1. Snow
  2. MORE Snow to melt the underlying snow
  3. Cold nights to refreeze the melted snow

Ice dams cause millions of dollars of damage every year.

It’s pretty easy to understand that water leaking into your house is not a good idea.

As water backs up the roof from the eves edge there is actually enough pressure, from the melting snow to lift the shingles to allow water to flow down the underside of the roof sheathing.  Once the water finds a nail hole it finds its way into your home.

Damage to the interior of a property is literally written on the walls.

  • Water-stained ceilings
  • Damaged roof shingles
  • Sagging gutters
  • Paint peeling and bubbling
  • Plaster and Drywall Damage
  • Kitchen Cabinets Damaged
  • Wet Carpet
  • “Crowned” Wood Flooring
  • The List Goes On and On

Ice Damming Damage is not just limited to what’s visible.

Its the damage we can’t visually see behind the drywall and cabinetry that were especially concerned about. These confined spaces in the attic and wall cavities are the perfect environment for Mold Growth. Click Here for how we handle mold cleaning and mold removal.