Ice Damming and Its Impact on Your Home
With winter upon us, heaters are blazing as you try to stay warm for the winter. Children are anxious for the snow to fall and the shorter day's means lots of evenings sitting by the fire.
The winter months not only bring cold weather and winter storms, but this weather can be very hard on the structure of your home. This is especially true when ice damming occurs.
What is Ice Damming?
Ice damming is a condition when the cold weather causes ice to form along the eves of your home stopping melting snow on the roof from draining. Ice buildup can occur in gutters or along the top of gutters if gutter guards are used. These blocks of ice remain frozen on the edge of the roof, as warm air from the home melts the snow that has formed on the roof. The melting snow creates a stream of water that gets blocked by the ice on the eaves and in the gutters, forming a dam of trapped water.
Water follows the path of least resistance and as a result, these dams can create serious water damage to your home. Ice dams can damage roof shingles and gutters. The water that is trapped on the roof can leak through cracks in your roof and damage interior ceilings and walls. As the water drips into the home it can also wet insulation which will create an environment for mold and mildew to grow.
How to Prevent Ice Damming?
We cannot control the weather and it only takes a few inches of snow to accumulate on the roof and create an ice dam. When ice damming occurs the result can be thousands of dollars in needed home repairs. The best solution is prevention.
Heat that comes from inside the home can create a situation where the home's roof gets warmer sooner than the eaves of the home, creating the ice dam. If there are any leaks in the insulation or duct-work in the attic, heat is escaping from your home. This is costly in the form of higher heating bills, but also creates the ideal situation for an ice dam to occur during the winter months. Other sources of heating the roof can come from chimneys, when fires are burned, and heat from exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms. This is especially true of those that vent to the attic, rather than the exterior of the home.
Immediate solutions include warming up the water to melt the ice dams and raking the snow off your roof after each snow. Long term solutions involve sealing the roof and attic space so warm air is not leaking. This will prevent the attic space from warming and melting the snow on the roof before the eaves have a chance to melt. Specialists can test the attic space to identify areas that are leaking warm air. Increasing the level of insulation, in addition to addressing heat loss through leaks will provide an effective solution to ice dams.
These strategies create an air tight space which does not lose heat to the roof. It will also keep the inside of your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, all while reducing energy bills.
If you suspect
water damage due to ice damming, take immediate action and call
AdvantaClean @ 877-800-2382
If you suspect water damage due to ice damming, take immediate action and call AdvantaClean @ 877-800-2382
If your home or business has sustained water damage due to ice dams, cleanup is essential for the structure and indoor air quality of your home.
Water damage can weaken the walls and foundation, as well as creating an environment for mold and mildew to grow. Repairing the damaged structure and getting all of the moisture out of the home will prevent further problems due to the water leaks.
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