Getting Rid Of Ice Dams

Much is made in the news every winter about the potential for freezing pipes during extreme cold weather, but less is made about another, equally dangerous threat to your home, the ice dam. Ice dams are formed when snow and ice on your roof melts, runs then refreezes. Often the result may be very pretty icicles hanging from the roof, but these aesthetically pleasing pieces often mask a great problem.

Namely, the water on your roof is not draining where it needs to go, and this newly refrozen ice is going to make it even hard for the water to drain, meaning it accumulates and starts settling into your home through the roof, into your attic, down through the walls, and even causing ceilings to sag and collapse. At the very least, you will find yourself dealing with unsightly water stains on walls and ceilings.

The best method for getting rid of this problem is to make sure all gutters are free of obstructions and evacuating water properly. By preventing the water from backing up in the first place, you eliminate the threat.

You can also make sure that enough cold air is pumped into the attic to prevent the snow and ice from melting and then refreezing. This can be done through the use of mobile fans, or by installing enough insulation in the attic to prevent warm air from rising, escaping, and causing the ice to melt.

Some folks also use rakes to pull snow and ice off the roof in questionable areas, as this will cut down on the potential for ice dam problems.

For water damage within the home as the result of an ice dam, contact your local water damage restoration provider. They have the tools, equipment, procedures, and experience to handle even the largest water damage and ice dam issues that your property may face. Make sure any contractor hired is Clean Trust certified for proper peace of mind and the knowledge that the job is done right the first time.

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