An ice damn has the potential to cause serious damage to both your roof and the inside of your home. Buckshot General Contracting is well equipped to handle all ice dam issues. We will not only remove the ice dam, but also help prevent the same issue from happening in the future.
What is an ice dam?
An ice dam can form when water from melting snow re-freezes at the edge of your roofline. Without roof snow removal, the ice dam may grow large enough to prevent water from draining off the roof. The water can then back up underneath the roof shingles and make its way inside your home.
The right weather conditions for ice dams are usually when outside air temperatures are in the low 20s (°F) for several days with several inches of snow on the roof.
What causes an ice dam?
Ice dams form when the cooler sections at the edge of the roof collect and freeze water. The warmer upper sections, in turn, cause ice to melt. This leaves a pool of melted water trapped by the frozen dam.
What type of damage can be caused by ice dams?
Ice dams cause leaks that can work its way under the roof covering and seep through insulation, causing serious water damage. These leaks can lead to rotting in the wood structures under the roof as well as damage to any electrical wiring or the ceiling. Constant ice damming can also damage your roof.
Ice Damming Prevention
Proper ventilation, drainage and insulation are the only ways to prevent ice dams. Keep all drains, scuppers, gutters, and downspouts free of debris and vegetation that may restrict proper flow. Make sure your attic is well insulated to help prevent the melting-and-freezing cycle that causes ice dams to form. Check and seal places where warm air could leak from your house to the attic.
How do I get the snow and/or ice dam removed from my roof?
Give us a call at (866) 642-5600 and our team can come out and take care of it for you. Not only will we remove the ice dam but we can also remove the snow on your roof.