Lets face it, when you live in Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin or Montana and deal with big snow storms, most homes will experience ice dams. Savvy homeowners realize this issue and take the necessary steps to remove ice dams.
Regardless if a roof is 30 years old or if it’s brand new: Ice Dams are simply a result of normal heat loss from your home that is melting snow on the upper sections of your roof. As the water is shedding down the roof, it meets the eaves (lowest section of the roof that is outside the building envelope) and freezes. The eaves are not typically insulated, so the water re-freezes with the snow at this point and builds up ice dams. These “dams” trap a reservoir of water behind them that will back up and find its way into any shingle system and into a home.
How do I prevent Ice Dams?
The easiest way to avoid and remove ice dams, is to keep the eave area of your roof (typically the first 4-6′ up the roof) free of snow buildup, so any melted water continues off the roof.
Who can help me?
Snow removal: We can do the raking for you and shovel it away from the entry. This process takes an hour or more depending on size.