Ice dams are a common issue in winter months. They form when the snow melts on the roof, runs down to the edge of the roof, then refreezes due to cold temperatures. As more snow melts and combines with this refrozen water at the edge, an ice dam can form.
What Are They?
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof as snow melts and then refreezes. Ice dams typically form in winter months when snow accumulates on sloped roofs, followed by higher temperatures, which cause the lower amounts of melted snow to run down the roof and freeze near the eaves.
Why Should a Homeowner Be Concerned If Ice Dams Develop?
1. Damage to Your Roof
As the ice dam grows, it can put pressure on your shingles and cause them to crack or break. Additionally, as the ice melts, the water can seep under your shingles and cause leaks in your roof.
2. Gutter Damage
The weight of the ice dam can cause your gutters to sag or even pull away from your home. Additionally, as the ice melts, the water can overflow from your gutters and cause damage to your foundation or landscaping.
If an ice dam forms over your chimney, it can prevent smoke and fumes from escaping, which can be a fire hazard. Additionally, the ice can prevent you from using your fireplace altogether.
4. Power Outages
As the ice dam grows, it can fall and damage power lines that run to your home. This can cause a power outage that may last for several hours or even days.
5. Dangerous Removal
Attempting to remove an ice dam yourself can be dangerous as you could slip and fall off of your roof. Additionally, using a ladder to remove an ice dam is also risky as the ladder could slide out from under you. It is best to hire a professional to remove an ice dam for you.
6. Costly Repairs
Not only can ice dams damage your roof, gutters, chimney, and power lines, but they can also be costly to repair. It is best to take preventive measures to avoid ice dams at all.
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If you are concerned about the potential for ice dams to damage your home, get in touch with us. We can help you determine the best way to prevent and address any potential issues with ice dams on your property.