What are Ice Dams?
Ice dams occur when heat from the interior of your home melts the bottom layer of snow on your roof. As the snow melts, water runs down your roof and refreezes at the eve. As ice builds up at the eve, the pressure and weight of the ice pushes water underneath your shingles and into your house, which can lead to massive water damage.
Please understand that ice dams need to be removed properly. Common approaches that get rid of ice in other ways, such as hammers, salt, and de-icer sprays will damage your roof. Do not use these! Instead, call us.
The good news is your homeowner’s insurance policy may help cover all or some of the cost of treating ice dams, and we’ll work with you and your policy provider to sort out those details.
How are Ice Dams Removed?
How to Prevent Ice Dams?
Does Increasing Ventilation Help with Ice Dams?
Does Heat Tape Work for Ice Dams?
Also called a heat cable, this electric line is installed in a zig-zag pattern along the edge of your roof. It keeps the snow melt from refreezing, so it can flow harmlessly into your gutters and to the ground.
Will Insulation Help with Ice Dams?
Reworking Your Existing Ventilation
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Ice Dam FAQs
Keeping your gutters free of debris helps snow melt to flow freely, so it can’t freeze. When it can’t freeze, you can’t get ice dams. Clean out your gutters before the first snowfall.
Yes! Use a roof rake, also called a snow rake, to remove snow along the edges of your roof, and in any deep valleys.
Yes, ice dams can cause substantial damage to the shingles, reducing the lifespan of the roof.