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.
Ice dams can result in damage to property, injuries, and fatalities, if not taken seriously. Homeowners in the Twin Cities often ignore ice dams or attempt to tackle the problem without professional help. It is important to understand what an ice dam is and how they are caused. Then they need to be removed safely.
Ice Dams Defined
An ice dam – unsurprisingly – is an ice barrier that builds up on the edge of your roof. When snow begins to melt, turning into sludge and water, it has no way of draining off the roof. With nowhere for the water to go, it keeps building up behind the dam and eventually begins to penetrate your home. Damage to insulation, walls, ceilings and anywhere water touches is a very real possibility if you have an unchecked ice dam.
Ice Dam Causes
The heat loss from your home plays a large part in helping an ice dam form. Other factors include the temperature outside and the amount of snowfall. The temperature on the upper surface of the roof becoming high enough to melt snow while the lower surface is cold enough to freeze the water as it begins to roll off the roof is two necessary factors in the formation of an ice dam. These factors combined with an outside temperature of below 32 degrees, and a ridge of ice forms. Any water runoff is trapped behind the dam, and that is when your problems really begin. The dam will continue to grow as runoff frees and adds to the mass of the ridge. The sections of the roof that are above 32 degrees will remain unaffected by water freezing but will feed the ice dam when the snow melts. In weather where heavy or continuous snowfall is expected, homeowners are more likely to see ice dams later, in the thaw, resulting in the upper roof surface rising about 32 while the lower surface is closer to the outside temperature of below 32 degrees. If you have an ice dam forming on your roof, do not delay in contacting Roof to Deck, to prevent damage from the resulting trapped water.
Allowing snow to build up on a roof is not generally advisable. The weight of the snow alone has the potential to cause buckling if there has been a heavy winter snowfall. If your roof is already damaged and leaking, when the snow begins to melt, it could cause catastrophic damage. Removing the snow is the best option, but it is a job that requires extreme caution.
Snow Removal Methods
There are two basic methods of removing snow from a roof: Roof raking and shoveling. The preferable option is to use roof raking equipment to remove snow throughout the colder months, rather than wait for a large buildup. Whether you, as the property owner, are able to carry out this task safely will depend on the shape of the roof and height of the building. For lower roofs or light snowfall, using a roof rake frequently will help prevent buildup. Snow shoveling requires climbing onto the roof and removing large piles of snow at a time. There are numerous potential dangers involved. Climbing onto a roof in the winter when conditions are cold, slippery and generally treacherous is incredibly dangerous. Equipment such as a roof safety harness is needed; however, even then you run the risk of suffering serious injury or death. If you do decide to tackle snow removal on your own, it is best to use a plastic rather than a metal-edged shovel to minimize damage to the roof.
Safe Snow Removal
At Roof to Deck we can provide snow removal services to protect you and your property throughout the winter. Our employees are professionals who can navigate the risks of climbing onto a roof when conditions are unfavorable. Call Roof to Deck today if you need to remove snow from your roof safely and effectively.