Right now, most of the country is wishing the planet still had, what Al Gore referred to in 2007 as, a “Fever”. Regardless of your feelings on Climate Change, the last couple weeks have been blistering cold. With these below average temperatures, your property assumes a long list of risks that could cause some serious issues.
One of the issues that can and will occur is Ice Dams. What is an Ice Dam. The University of Minnesota Extension explains the issue of Ice Dams in great detail. Basically, your roof creates heat (warmth inside your home + asphalt exposure), which melts the snow on your roof and causes ice to form at the eave. As the ice continues to melt, the water has no where to go, and ends up inside your home. You will often see water marks along the ceiling of your exterior wall. In extreme temperature changes, such as a very warm day, the volume of snow on your roof melts at a rapid pace. This can cause water to pour inside your home. We’ve seen this first hand, and yes, water literally pouring down walls from the ceiling.
There are a lot of things you can do to prevent ice dams. There are a lot of solutions that are not safe. Believe it or not, when there’s ice on a roof, there’s usually ice on the ground… not ideal for setting up a ladder. Your best bet is to call a professional. It’s better to pay a pro to handle an ice dam than for you as the homeowner, likely your first time tackling a dam, to get injured attempting do to it yourself. We promise. Last we checked, Doctors charge a little more per hour than Roofers.
So if you see icicles hanging from your eave or gutter, get in touch with your local roofer today. The preventative maintenance is much cheaper than an insurance claim and deductible.
We would love to hear from you! If you have experience with Ice Dams, or have questions and would like more information, leave a comment below and we will be in touch.