Do you have icicles hanging from your rain gutter? You may not know it, but under your metal or asphalt roof these icicles could be creating extensive water damage!
Ice Dam Removal
Are you sick of looking up towards your roof and seeing icicles hanging from your gutters? Not only are icicles unsightly, they can also be hazardous to your home. Icicles are one of several signs of Ice Dams on your roof. C&T Siding asks that you be proactive this winter – have your Ice Dams removed, so you do not have water damage to your home in the spring. This blog will address what an Ice Dam is, how to have them removed, and how to prevent future Ice Dams.
What is an Ice Dam?
An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof, usually at the gutters or soffit. When it forms the water then backs up behind the ice dam and creates a pool of water. This pool of water can leak into your home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
What Causes Ice Dams?
Ice dams are usually caused by heavy snowfall and improper ventilation in the attic. This causes warmer areas in your attic then the snow begins to melt, even when the outside temperature is well below freezing. When the accumulated snow on your roof starts melting it runs down your roof underneath the snow until it reaches a "colder" section like the soffits, valleys or in gutters then it begins to freeze again, this process of thawing and refreezing is what causes an ice dam. Cleaning the gutters on your home can help prevent ice dams from occurring as quickly but they can still occur if the conditions are right. The gutters will be just as cold as it is outside and in some cases, full of frozen debris. So even if you don't have a soffit for the water to refreeze in, the melted water will most likely refreeze when flowing into the gutters.
How Can I Prevent Ice Dams in the Future?
Properly ventilating and insulating the attic is usually the best way to prevent ice dams. The usual recommendation for proper ventilation is 1 square foot of vent for every 150 feet of attic floor area but each home may have its own recommendations, so I would suggest contacting C&T Siding for more information. If you have small louvered vents at either end of the attic known as gable vents you can either replace them with larger vents, or install an electric vent fan over the inside of them. These special fans usually work on a thermostat and will pull outside air into the attic to keep the temperature inside consistent.
Ice Dam Removal
WARNING! Performing ice dam removal is risking severe personal injury and damage to the roof if not done properly. Never walk on a snow covered roof and make sure if you’re using a ladder you follow the proper safety procedures. You should not attempt to remove Ice Dams yourself – I recommend contacting professionals with the proper equipment and roofing experience to carry out this job!
C&T Siding has over thirty years of experience installing metal and asphalt roofing – our employees are very comfortable and skilled when it comes to walking on, installing, and removing ice dams from roofs. Our Ice Dam removal is an excellent way to preserve your home and protect your family this winter. Call C&T Siding today for a free, no obligation estimate.