What are ice dams?
Ice dams are a common problem in many homes during the winter months. They form when snow melts on your roof and then refreezes near the eaves, creating a dam of ice that prevents further melting snow from running off. This can lead to water damage inside your home and even mold growth in areas with high levels of moisture. It is important to take action as soon as you notice ice dams forming on your roof in order to prevent any serious damage or costly repairs in the future.
How do ice dams damage property?
Ice dams can cause extensive damage to the roof of a house. As the snow melts, water seeps into the shingles and works its way down into the interior walls and ceilings of your home. This can lead to water stains on ceilings and walls, as well as mold growth in areas with high levels of moisture. The presence of an ice dam also prevents proper insulation from doing its job, which means that you’ll be seeing higher energy bills during winter months.
What are some causes of ice dams?
Ice dams can sometimes be caused by improperly ventilated attics that do not allow for sufficient airflow throughout the attic space. Warm air rises through your attic, melting snow on your roof before it has a chance to freeze in place. Water then runs down your roof, refreezes near the eaves and creates a dam of ice that prevents further melting snow from running off.
What should I do?
It is important to take action as soon as you notice ice dams forming on your roof. Remove any icicles that have started to form, making sure to use caution if using ice melt products. You should also look into insulation improvements in order to better regulate temperatures inside your attic and ultimately reduce ice dam formation.
If ice dams are causing significant damage or if you find yourself struggling with recurring ice dams, it may be time to call in an experienced contractor for help. A full-service restoration company will often be able to identify any existing issues and make necessary improvements to help prevent ice dams from forming in the future.
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