Ice dams are a common winter challenge for property and facilities managers. Forming at the edge of a roof under certain winter conditions, these dams can cause significant damage to buildings.
In this blog, we at 24 Restore will guide you through understanding ice dams, how to prevent them, and what steps to take if your property is affected.
Formation and Risks of Ice Dams
Ice dams form when heat from inside a building melts snow on the roof. The water trickles down to the roof’s edge and refreezes, creating a dam that prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. This can lead to water backing up under roof shingles, causing leaks and damage to walls, ceilings, and insulation. Understanding this process is crucial in taking preventive measures.
Prevention is key in managing ice dams. Effective insulation and ventilation in the attic can minimize the amount of heat reaching the roof, thereby reducing snow melt. Regular roof maintenance, including clearing gutters and downspouts, also plays a vital role. Additionally, installing heating cables along the roof’s edge can prevent the formation of ice dams.
Immediate Actions if Impacted
If an ice dam has already formed, it’s important to act quickly to minimize damage. Removing snow from the roof reduces the potential for dam formation. However, this can be dangerous and is best left to professionals. For immediate relief, creating channels in the ice dam can allow water to drain off. Be cautious with the use of salt or other chemicals as they can damage roofing materials.
Long-Term Solutions and Professional Assistance
For long-term solutions, consider a roof redesign or upgrades to improve insulation and ventilation. Regular inspections can identify potential risks and ensure that preventive measures are effective. If your property suffers from ice dam-related damage, professional restoration services like those offered by 24 Restore are essential. We specialize in assessing the damage and implementing comprehensive restoration plans to bring your property back to its pre-damage condition.
In conclusion, understanding, preventing, and being prepared to deal with ice dams are essential for property and facilities managers. By following these guidelines, you can protect your properties from the costly and inconvenient damages caused by ice dams. For expert advice or assistance, don’t hesitate to contact 24 Restore, your partner in disaster restoration.
24 Restore is the preferred restoration services partner of commercial & residential property owners across New England. Whether you’re dealing with an emergency situation, or just simply need help implementing a sound Disaster Response Plan, we’re available to help. Contact 24 anytime, day or night for assistance.