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Icicles: The Beautiful Menace

Each winter, homes are adorned with lights impersonating icicles. Holiday cards feature cozy cabins alight in the winter evening with moonlight glinting off the icicles. As charming and beautiful as these icons of winter are, if you have them on your house or building, they could indicate a serious problem.

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Dangers of Heavy Snow Accumulation on Roofs

In Minnesota, snow on your roof is bound to occur. Overnight, we can get a foot or more of snow, covering your home and stacking it high on your roof. While most homes are built with the proper structural integrity and pitch for the Minnesota winters, heavy snow accumulation can still be a danger to your home. It is important to know the best options to remove excess snow from your roof and the signs of possible damage to your home.

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Top Signs You Need Ice Dam Removal

An ice dam on your roof can cause significant damage to your home and put you at risk for injury and liability. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not recognize the signs of an ice dam until it is too late. If you know what to look for, you can proactively have ice dams removed before they damage your roof or cause an injury.

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Back to Basics: What is an Ice Dam and What is the Real Damage?

It is our job to talk about ice dams. After all, we have built our business as an ice dam removal company! We are passionate about what we do and why. We often think everyone knows what ice dams are about and why they can be so harmful. Yet many people, especially those new to the colder areas, are unfamiliar with ice dams and the issues they cause. No matter the time of year, it is always timely to discuss the real dangers of ice dams.

The Definition

An ice dam is a dam made of ice. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it is a little more complicated than that. These dams do not occur in nature and block water from leaving a river or canal. Rather, they occur on your roof. Ice forms dams in the valleys of your roof (or sometimes gutters) and prevents water from properly draining from your roof. As a result, water can seep into the home, causing serious damage.

The Real Dangers

Ice dam damage can include leaks in your home, as a result of water looking for an escape route. People who have never experienced this may not understand the severity of the situation. This is a real danger that is much more common than people realize. Because this type of water damage could have been prevented, many insurance companies refuse to cover the costs of repairs. You may see stories in the news from time to time that are the result of ice dam damage. Most times, these horror stories occur long after the period during which the home could have been saved. This is because the home or business owner chose to ignore the problem. Recently, there were several commercial property collapses across the country due to the weight of ice and water on the top of the property. Luckily, they were vacant. Could you imagine if your home’s roof collapsed while you and your family were inside?The other serious issue is the ice itself. Ice dams often form icicles on the edges of the gutter or roof. While pretty to look at, icicles are a true hazard to the wellbeing of other people and property. Just a few weeks ago, a falling icicle from a larger building pierced the roof of the Rhode Island Convention Center.  Imagine if that had been your home or your child walking by! There have been stories of severe property damage and even death caused by icicles falling once the ice finally melted. This is often on top of the fact that your home has already experienced severe water damage. Ice dams are not something to be taken lightly or ignored. They cause serious damage and can affect your quality of life, your wallet, and your home. It is important to properly remove them as soon as they have formed and to use proper measures to prevent them from forming at all. To learn more about how to care for your ice dams, call the experts at RTD Ice Dam Removal at (651) 699-3504.

The Cost of Ice Dam Removal

We often discuss the hidden cost of ice dams. These costs include the damage to your roof, gutters, and walls. They also include potential medical bills and lawsuits. If left untreated, the hidden costs of ice dams is quite high. They can cost tens of thousands of dollars or more if litigation becomes an issue. Anyone who has been following us for some time has learned this, as we have covered this subject at great lengths. However, what is the cost to actually remove the ice dam? What does the cost encompass? How do you know if you have a reputable company rather than just the cheapest one? These questions need to be addressed to help you choose the best company for your ice dam removal.

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