You might spot ice dams on your roof during the winter and early spring. This buildup can be a very harmful issue because it can wreak havoc with your gutters and allow water to seep into your attic.
This issue can cause damage to your roof and everything under it. You will know what this is if you notice a ridge of ice. These ice dams can be harmful because they will stop the melted snow from draining.
The melting snow needs to ease its way off the roof, into your gutters and drain into the downspouts.
Any water back up on your roof can pose many threats in causing damage to your entire home. The water freezes into icicles that hang from your gutters.
Water Stains: An Overview
Once you have noticed the dams, you will want to give your home a once over:
Check for water stains, primarily along the ceiling in hallways, closets and other less-traveled areas.
Check the attic to assess moisture or mold growth (mold growth will appear as fine black soot or gray globs.
Check exterior walls and soffit for signs of water damage or moisture.
The ice dams need to be removed because they are often the cause of roof leaks, mold issues and various other concerns, including physical injuries.
Assistance: Care for Gutters, Downspouts and Ice Removal
It is possible to prevent problems with your downspouts once the dams have been found. The professionals at RTD know how to steam the dams away and prevent more significant problems from occurring.
Our professionals will come with the right equipment, up-to-date training and are insured. We do not subcontract any work. They know how to eliminate the issue, care for your gutters and prevent other issues.
It is vital to know that any cold air spaces beneath the eaves can freeze quickly, which could pose problems. The trained professionals at RTD know how to use steam to eliminate the harmful gutter dams. Contact us and keep your home safely out of harm’s way.
Contact the RTD Ice Removal Professionals
Whether or not your gutters have started overflowing, give us a call, and we will steam those dams away.
Many businesses and homeowners who find long spikes of icicles hanging from their gutters attempt to remove them by themselves. Some use axes and hatchets, which can be hazardous for their gutters, their roof and themselves.
Saving Your Roof
Those of us who live in the north or northeast know how brutal winters can be. Then, the sun comes out, and it’s bright and beautiful outside but still freezing cold. The sun on your roof can melt the snow, which should flow off into your gutters and down the downspouts.
That won’t happen when there is an ice dam. The gutters get clogged by roof granules, leaves, and other debris, the water puddles, and then freezes. The water then has nowhere to go but over your gutters’ sides, creating what looks like a frozen waterfall. However, these long icicles can be hazardous for pets, plants, and people who might not notice as they walk under them.
Ice dams and frozen sheets of ice are hazardous to your roof as well. When the sun thaws the ice next to the roof, the ice starts shifting and can tear up your shingles or slide up under the roofing and loosen nails. Thus, the water that should be draining off into your gutters might be dripping down into your attic.
In your attic, the water evaporates and leaves behind mildew and mold spores that can affect your family’s respiratory health.
Rid Your Roof of Ice Dams with Steam
Some homeowners have even tried hooking their garden hose to the hot water faucet in the kitchen to melt the ice. This procedure still requires climbing up on the roof with a ladder stuck in a snowbank, perhaps.
The simplest, most effective relief from ice dams is steam. Our technicians are fully trained, licensed and insured for ice removal. Contact us today to avoid further damage and accidental injuries caused by ice dams.
Contact the RTD Ice Dam Removal Professionals Today
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Although you cannot predict the weather from one day to the next, you can anticipate ice and snow during the winter in the areas we service, such as Minnesota, New England, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and others.
It’s also a foregone conclusion that if you do not clean the leaves and other debris out of your gutters in the fall, you can expect an ice dam and waterfall hanging from your gutters mid-winter. Better call the RTD Ice Dam Removal experts, or you might experience severe damage to your roof and what’s underneath.
Possible Damage to Your Roof & Support Beams
Those blocks of ice and snow will start to melt when warmed by the sun, causing the blocks to slide or move. These can push up under the asphalt shingles. Some sections are so big they can rip through wooden roofing shingles and other roofing material.
If the ice sheet lifts a nail or breaks the caulking used around roofing apertures, the melted snow or ice will leak down into your attic or your interior walls. Water standing on your support beams weaken those girders and support joists when they evaporate. A few drops are not a problem, but the constant dripping and evaporating cause the support girders to rot over time.
Those blocks of ice can also tear off your gutters, fascia, and soffit. What’s more, when the ice dam starts to melt at the gutter or roof level, it could break off and damage anything or anyone underneath.
What to Do
Many homeowners get out the ladder and take an ax or ice pick to the dam. First, this can be dangerous to the homeowner and their roof. Call the RTD Ice Dam Removal professionals to use our steam method to eliminate ice dams and snow piles from your roof to prevent possible damage.
Call for Same-Day or Next-Day Ice Dam & Snow Removal
Frigid temperatures and snow during winter can wreak havoc on your roof with the formation of ice dams. These ice dams can block melting snow and water from draining correctly through your gutters. Standing water can damage your gutters and roof damage. If ice dams are not removed, they can cause expensive interior and exterior repairs to your home from water damage and mold growth. Here are the top three ways to handle ice dam removal on your roof.
Add Attic Insulation
One of the best ways to handle ice dam removal is to prevent them from using attic insulation. Ice dams tend to form when snow meets varying roof temperatures. These dams can happen when the roof’s high point is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit and lower roof points and outside air are below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow from the top melts down and becomes a dam at the bottom. Adding extra insulation to your attic and roof will decrease warm air from escaping and causing this trickle-down effect.
Blow Cold Air
When trying to handle ice dam removal yourself, you may be tempted to use rock salt or chip at the ice using sharp tools. These methods can cause damage to your roof shingles and make things worse. Instead, use a box fan in your attic to blow cold air to freeze standing water in the ice dam. This one move will help prevent it from leaking into your home and causing water damage.
Remove Excess Snow
Removing excess snow can help your roof temperature to be consistent over the entire surface. This clean off helps with ice dam removal by preventing them from forming. Use a roof rake with a long handle instead of a shovel to prevent damage to your shingles.
Get Professional Help with Ice Dam Removal
If you notice ice dams forming on your roof, you may want to call in the experts for assistance. At Roof-to-Deck Restoration, we are the leading company in Minnesota for ice dam removal. Our professionals will clear your roof quickly and safely and offer advice on keeping ice dams from forming in the future. Contact us today to get a free estimate.