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So you have an ice dam....

3/8/2023 (Permalink)

Roof with ice dams It's not just because of your gutters

We've had several calls this season of Ice Dams causing extreme water damage in attics.  So now what?

The main think to understand is that the cause of your ice dam is an improperly insulated attic.  If heat is escaping into your attic, it's causing the snow closest to your roof to melt, and the snow on top to refreeze it.  That will cause ice to form, and as we all know, ice EXPANDS.  That means that any little crack can become a bigger crack once ice is introduced.

The solution to preventing ice dams is to make sure that your roof is properly insulated so that it doesn't cause the snow to melt from the inside out.  You can also ventilate your attic by opening up any vents, and having the outside air circulate.  Keeping your attic cool is important.  Putting rock salt in your gutters can also help.  If you're worried about your flower beds or lawn, putting the rock salt in pantyhose is beneficial.

So how do you get rid of an ice dam?  That's not so easy, but it's possible.  The first thing we recommend is calling in the professionals.  It's can be dangerous to get on a roof that is covered in ice.  A professional roofing company can come out and use their skills to remove that ice, while we come in and help you mitigate the damage on the inside.

We know it's a stressful situation, and we're Here To Help®, so give us a call and we can help you get it taken care of fast.

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