Ice damming is an obstruction in a roof’s edge caused by melting snow (water) that prevents it from draining. As a result of the dam’s backup, water can leak into a house and damaged walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas of the house. This can have serious consequences. A to Z Concept, Inc. provides roof ice dam removal services to keep your home safe after blizzards. To find out if our services suit your goals, you can see the reviews on our website.
Some roof edges tend to accumulate ice. Although you can and should deal with the underlying cause of the ice damming, you should also aim to remove the dam that is currently on top of the roof. In any case, it will wear down your roof and make it more likely to develop a leak.
Ice dams pose a high risk the longer they are present. The removal of the ice dam must also be done carefully, as some procedures may damage the roof. Our expert roofers will guide you through the ice damming removal process, revealing which methods are safe for your roofer to use and which methods are not recommended.
Roof insulation and poor ventilation lead to ice dams, which are difficult to eliminate. You can lose a lot of money if you leave them to cause major water damage to your house, destroy gutters, and damage your yard once spring comes. The best time to deal with ice dams is now before snowfall accumulates and makes it impossible to mitigate their negative effects. Ice damming can only be permanently fixed by having your roofer fix the ventilation or insulation within your roof. Until you can get your roof fixed for good, here are 5 ways to deal with the problem:
The best way to fix ice dams is with heated cables because they basically prevent them from forming. The next best thing to getting your roof fixed is installing heated cables. Before the snow falls, lay them in a zigzag pattern vertically on your roof and watch them melt snow before it becomes frozen and causes ice dams. You can handle installing heated cables on your roof with clips. The only drawback is that you need to do it before the snowfalls.
In your home, heat rises from the roof, which results in ice dams. Due to this heat, snow on your roof melts and slides down until it has reached the cold, unheated eave and edge of your roof, where it refreezes under your shingles and in your gutters. To deal with ice dams, you can point your fans directly at your roof where they start. This is a great and non-harmful method. Keeping the underside of the roof cool prevents snow from melting and ice dams from forming.
In addition to clearing the snow on your roof before it melts, you can prevent ice dams as well by removing snow before it forms. Even though this requires some manual labor on your part, it’s a small price to pay to keep your roof intact. It is possible to prevent ice dams by raking snow off your roof, but you’ll have to do it carefully. It’s important to use a rake made specifically for clearing snow off roofs and to avoid damaging shingles while you do it. Roof rakes are typically on wheels so they won’t damage shingles, and are long enough for you to remove snow from the ground without slipping. You will not have to worry about ice dams as long as you are going out after every snowfall.
When it comes to preventing roof leaks caused by ice dams, roof de-icing cables, also called heat cables or heat tape, are the last resort option. A de-icing cable is not cheap; it is expensive to get them installed, and they also have a high operating cost; five to eight watts per foot. Furthermore, I’ve heard that shingles can be damaged by them, but I have not seen anything like that happen.
It is always a good idea to call a professional if you are unsure about handling ice dams on your own. Do not hesitate to call our local roofing professional if you’re just not up to it this winter. They’ll be able to come out and get rid of any existing ice dams for you and set up a solution to keep them away until you have time to get the roof fixed permanently.
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