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IDRC Certification Takes Ice Dam Removal to the Next Level

The technicians of RTD Ice Dam Removal have been properly trained and insured for as long as we have been in business. We have prided ourselves on offering the best quality services with the most qualified technicians in the business. We make sure our customers have nothing at all to worry about when doing business with us. This is why we are happy to announce that we recently obtained the official certification to accompany our already expert staff and service. RTD Ice Dam Removal is now IDRC Certified.

What is IDRC Certification?

IDRC Certification is a certification for ice dam removal and ensures that the company with whom you are working, is carrying the proper insurance coverage (liability and worker's compensation), that the employees have been properly trained in the safest and most efficient techniques for ice dam removal, and that the equipment used has been properly vetted, and approved for use in safe ice dam removal. Another benefit to the IDRC Certification is that we now have become an approved insurance vendor. This means that many insurance companies will contact an IDRC firm to service a claim on their behalf. In other words, this certification indicates high standards, insurance coverage, and safe ice dam removal practices.

What are Those Standards?

Companies that are not IDRC Certified typically use tools such as hammers, hatchets, or even sledgehammers to remove an ice dam. This process can be harmful not only to the property, but the workers and homeowners. Worse yet, the company may use a hot water pressure washer without any training or knowledge of how it works. These types of companies are perfect examples of the worst the industry has to offer. Furthermore, these companies may actually cause additional damage to your valuable home, costing you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

If you hire an IDRC Certified company, you will be hiring a company that uses low-pressure steamers, which are the most efficient and safest equipment for the job. You will also be hiring a company that trains its employees extensively in not only the removal process, but the science involved in the creation of an ice dam. This may help educate their customers about the causes and prevention of ice dams. Another benefit to hiring an IDRC Certified company is knowing that if, for any reason whatsoever, an accident or error occurs, you will be compensated as they carry insurance. This is because the IDRC Certified company must maintain sufficient amounts of liability and worker's compensation coverage to protect both their clientele and their employees.

Because these companies maintain such high standards, the insurance companies feel confident referring them to your home, and so should you! When looking for an ice dam removal company to help with your ice dam removal needs—whatever the situation—make sure you contact the IDRC-Certified, RTD Ice Dam Removal at 651.699.3504 to fix your problem. RTD Ice Dam Removal will be happy to help and provide unmatched service by expertly trained technicians.

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And So It Begins: Winter Has Come Early

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Winter has come early in the Midwest and Northeast. As early as mid-October, many states, such as Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Michigan, to name a few, are already seeing snow. With winter starting so early this year, homes are in danger of ice dams, and snow damage as the snow totals quickly rise with the season.

Dangers of Early and Heavy Snow

Last year, Boston saw an unprecedented amount of snow, breaking not only records but roofs and homes. With an early start of the season, there are several dangers homeowners can expect:

Roof Collapse. While a small layer of snow may actually act as insulation to your home, as the snow piles on top of itself, the weight can become unbearable for many roofs. Too much weight will inevitably lead to collapse and structural damage.

Ice Dams. As snow begins to melt, it may form icicles from your roof and gutters. IF these icicles continue to form, they can block additional melting snow from draining off the roof, and instead cause the water to leak into your home. Additionally, they can be quite heavy and cause structural damage.

Loss of Power. If snowfall is heavy, it may cause power lines to break. As the snow accumulates through frequent smaller storms, power lines may be damaged and eventually collapse. If the snow is frequent, power companies may not have enough time to fix the original outage, causing extended loss of power. This extended loss of power can cause other health and structural damages in the home.

Prevention and Reaction

The first and most important piece to protecting your home and family from damage during the harsh winter is prevention.

As simple as it may sound, remove snow from your roof after every snowfall. This will help ensure the roof is not gathering more snow that it can handle. It can also help prevent ice dams by removing the potential for melting snow.

Keep your gutters clear. If snow is melting, keeping your gutters clear will allow smoother water flow to help prevent ice dams.

Purchase a backup generator. This will help ensure you are able to maintain heat and electricity even when the power is out.

What if the snow is falling faster than you can prevent damage? What then?

Call a professional to help with snow removal from your roof and gutters. If the damage is already done, obviously, you may only be able to prevent further damage while waiting for repair. A professional snow removal service can at least clear the roof to allow for less damage moving forward.

Hire a properly trained and insured ice dam removal company. If an ice dam does form on your roof, it is imperative that you hire a well-trained, properly insured ice dam removal company to remove the ice dam. The company should use proper equipment, not an ax or a blow torch (you do not want to cause another problem), have the necessary worker’s compensation and liability insurances, and come highly recommended by accredited organizations.

With our state of the art ice removal process and 20 years of experience, RTD Ice Dam Removal is the ice dam removal expert. Give us a call today at 877-687-3639

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How to Ensure Effective Ice Dam Removal

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The winter months can be a wonderful time of year. Families get together during the holidays. The fireplace is continually ablaze. Occasionally, a stunning snowfall covers the ground and provides time to sled, snowball, snowman, and more.

Yet, the winter months also bring about winter storms. While snow can be fun to play around in and with – it also provides opportunities to damage your home and property. One of the most common ways winter weather can get the best of your home is through ice dams.

What is an Ice Dam?

In layman’s terms, an ice dam is a length or a piece of ice along the edge of your home’s roof. Ice dams are created when warm air rises through your home to your roof. As the top of your roof continually receives heat, the snow that accumulated up top begins to melt. As this snow melts, the water moves down your roof towards the gutter. This draining is how your roof is designed. However, due to the ice dam the draining water cannot reach the gutter. Nor can the water simply roll off the roof, as the ice dam has grown too large. So the water becomes trapped on your roof.

Problems Ice Dams can Cause

As this water sits atop your roof, many homeowners find their home to have problems. Ice dams can cause roofs to leak. Insulation and sheetrock were not created to hold all the extra weight, as they become soaked many damages occur. Mold is also common after an ice dam melts. Some homeowners find their electrical outlets begin leaking water as a result of an ice dam. Many times the leaking causes wood floors to swell and buckle.

An Easy Way to Effectively Remove an Ice Dam

While the problems ice dams can cause are a headache, the solution is fairly simple. To remove an ice dam, a homeowner can do a number of things. However, most individuals end up damaging their home by attempting to remove an ice dam alone. The best way to remove an ice dam is through a steam removal process completed by a professionally trained expert.

Removing ice dams through a steam removal process has been proven to be the only safe ice dam removal process. Many other ways individuals and businesses remove ice dams end up damaging the roof or the home – sometimes both!

RTD Ice Dam Removal

The premier ice dam removal experts in the United States - we take pride in offering the best same day and next day ice dam removal services throughout the country. If you’re struggling with a leaking or soon to leak roof due to an ice dam, then reach out immediately! Here at RTD Ice Dam Removal, we only want to help you get rid of those pesky ice dams.

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