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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.

An ice dam is an accumulation of ice at the edge of the roof that prevents water from escaping or draining as it should. Even in freezing temperatures, the sun and warmth from the home can melt snow on the roof that requires efficient run-off. When an ice dam is present, it can trap that water. This can lead to shingle or roof damage, water seepage into the home, gutter damage and water or mold damage inside the home. It can also create giant icicles that can fall and injure you, your family or visiting guests.

Recognizing Signs of an Ice Dam

Ice dams can form quickly and once they are in place, may need removal to prevent damage to your home. If you know what to look for, you can recognize the formation and have it removed before it causes damage. Some of the early signs include:

  • Icicles are forming at the edge of the roof or gutter
  • There is ice between the roof and gutters
  • Ice is forming on the exterior walls of the house
  • You notice ice coming through the soffit

In addition, any leaking inside the home around windows or doors or through the roof may mean you have an ice dam that is already causing damage. It is essential to have this problem addressed quickly before it has more dire consequences for your home.

Efficient Ice Dam Removal

If you notice signs of an ice dam, it is vital to have it removed without doing any destruction to your home or causing injury to yourself. RTD Ice Dam Removal uses professional equipment and trained technicians to remove ice dams safely and quickly, helping prevent further damage to your home. You can call our office 24-hours a day for same-day or next-day service when you need immediate ice dam removal. We are your local ice dam experts, so give us a call at the first sign of an ice dam on your home or business.

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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.

The Numbers

The reality is there is no one answer to the cost of removing an ice dam. The fees are based on the amount of time it takes to remove the dam, and that can vary based on numerous factors. Depending on the company, you may pay between $275 an hour to $500 per hour with a minimum of two hours. If it is exceptionally cold the day your ice dam removal is set to occur or if the dam is exceptionally thick, this process may take several hours.

You may also wish to consider other expenses, such as setup and take down time. A reputable company will charge this fee once. If the company needs to come back a second day, this fee will not be charged to the client for both days. Additionally, make sure you have cleared a path to your spicket and have the water already turned on. Ensure you also have a 15-amp electrical circuit available and cleared. Having this ready when your ice dam removal company arrives will save you time, which will keep the bill down.

The Reputable Difference

Most companies will be able to tell you their hourly rate immediately. However, a reputable company will not offer you a free estimate or tell you how long they think the job will take without starting the job. The reason is simple. The technicians will not know how difficult the ice dam will be to remove until they start working to remove it. It may appear to be an easy two-hour job. Once on the roof, the technicians may see the dam is actually much thicker than anticipated or much larger than originally described.

Another key factor separating the cheapest from the most reputable company is that a reputable company will not charge extra transactional fees for payment made with a credit or debit card. The price given is the price given, no matter how it is paid. However, that does not mean you will have the option to pay after the insurance gives you a check. Instead, you will receive an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

If you are in need of a reputable company to remove your ice dam, contact the experts at RTD Ice Dam Removal at (651) 699-3504.

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Homeowners’ Associations and Ice Dam Removal

Ice dams form when the weather is cold, precipitation occurs, and the runoff liquid has no escape from a rooftop. These occurrences do not discriminate between single family homes, businesses, and townhomes or condos. The difference is not if these types of issues can and will occur – they can and will. The true difference is who is going to pay to remove them when they occur or prevent them from occurring in the first place. In a traditional home or business, there is one person responsible, the property owner. However, in a townhome or condo, the issue falls in the hands of the association. This article will explore why this is an issue for the association and how the association can be proactive to prevent these issues from occurring in the first place.

The Exterior

Anyone who has ever owned or rented a townhome or condo knows that the interior of the property is the homeowner's responsibility. However, the exterior of the property belongs to the association. It is therefore the responsibility of the association to maintain. The idea behind a townhouse or condo is that the exterior of the property is considered common ground owned by the association. Most homes must maintain a certain look, as outlined by the agreement with the homeowner and the association. In turn, the exterior of the homes will typically be maintained by the association. Therefore, ice dam removal, damage cause by ice dams, and ice dam prevention are all responsibilities of the homeowners' association. These issues affect numerous home owners, not just one.

Prevention

In order for a homeowners’ association to prevent ice dams from becoming an issue, measures should be followed. These should occur prior to the first frost, into the first snow storm, and upon every storm thereafter. To begin, during the fall months, the gutters of each building should be cleared completely of all dirt and debris. This allows for proper runoff of liquid as ice begins to melt. Secondly, the insulation in attics and under the roof of the property should be inspected and secured prior to the first frost. If the roof is properly insulated, snow melts more evenly and prevents issues from occurring. Finally, when it snows, the snow should be removed from the roofs in a proper fashion. Using proper techniques for roof raking and roof snow removal will help prevent snow from melting and forming heavy ice. This can create larger problems, including damaging ice dams, in the future.

Another major issue that can arise is when icicles form as a result of an ice dam. If those icicles fall off the building as the snow melts, people and property can become seriously injured or damaged. When dealing with a homeowners' association, this can lead to a lawsuit against the association as a result of injuries or damages. Furthermore, if the ice dam causes interior damages, this can cause even more costs to the association. It is much more cost effective to remove any ice dams immediately and prevent future ice dams from forming. To learn about how you can protect your association from ice dam issues, contact the experts at RTD Ice Dam Removal at (651) 699-3504.

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Cleaning Your Gutters to Help Prevent Ice Dams

Cleaning your gutters is a chore most people wish never existed. It involves climbing a ladder and putting your hands into the gutters, only to find a mushy pile of leaves, branches, and goo (likely rainwater mixed with dirt and other earth elements). As fall gets closer to winter, cleaning up this cold mass of goo and leaves can be both frigid and messy. However, cleaning your gutters is not done for aesthetic purposes. It actually is crucial for maintenance throughout the entire year, especially in the winter.

Drainage

Gutters are the exterior drainage system for your roof. No matter the time of year, not providing sufficient drainage from your roof can cause extensive damage to your home. If your gutters are clogged during the warmer months, water can find avenues to escape the roof, including small cracks in the exterior. Worse yet, the water may back up and form puddles on your roof. As the weather chills, these puddles can become ice, which is even heavier on your roof. The roof can collapse quickly under the weight of ice, and you could find yourself with a huge problem during the coldest months of the year.

Ice Dams

With decreased drainage comes increased risk of ice dams forming. Ice dams occur when the water from ice melts and has nowhere to go. It then gathers in your gutter and causes blocks of ice to form. These ice formations can include icicles, which can break off and cause physical injury to others. Ice dams can be detrimental to your property and to the safety of those visiting your home or business.
As ice dams form, they become quite heavy for your gutters to support. Therefore, the gutters can completely break off. This can be an even bigger problem because now there is no drainage system. Water will either stay on your roof or come down in sheets, causing problems for the exterior of your home. In addition, as ice dams form, the water from melting ice now stays on your roof, which can cause leaks. The same issue occurs with rain when your gutters are clogged. Ice dams can be an even larger problem than the original clogged gutters if left unattended.

Solutions

There are several solutions to prevent or clear ice dams. First, to prevent ice dams, keep your gutters clean at all times. Do not allow debris or even snow to clog your gutters at any point. Keeping your gutters clean and clear is the most effective measure to prevent ice dams.
Once an ice dam is formed, it is best to contact a professional to help remove the dam. Waiting it out is never a good idea. More damage can occur from the ice dam being allowed to melt on its own. It is best to contact an expert who has studied proper ice dam removal. They can help keep your home safe while removing the unwanted dam. If you are in need of ice dam removal, contact the experts at RTD Ice Dam Removal at (651) 699-3504.

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