Ice Prevention & Snow Removal
During the winter, ice dams can be a big problem. However, there is no need to fret. We are experts at removing snow and ice from your roof and can suggest cost-effective solutions to prevent problems from reoccurring. You may need electric roof deicing cables (heat coils or heat tape), or proper roof and soffit ventilation to help prevent ice buildup. Whatever your needs, our business has you covered.
What is an ice dam?
An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof, usually at the gutters or soffit. When it forms, the water then backs up behind the ice dam and creates a pool of water. This pool of water can leak into your home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
What causes ice dams?
Ice dams are usually caused by heavy snowfall and improper ventilation in the attic. This causes warmer areas in your attic. The snow begins to melt, even when the outside temperature is well below freezing. When the accumulated snow on your roof starts melting, it runs down your roof underneath the snow until it reaches a “colder” section like the soffits, valleys, or in gutters, and then it begins to freeze again. This process of thawing and refreezing is what causes an ice dam.
Cleaning the gutters on your home can help prevent ice dams from occurring as quickly, but they can still occur if the conditions are right. The gutters will be just as cold as it is outside and in some cases, full of frozen debris. So, even if you don’t have a soffit for the water to refreeze in, the melted water will most likely refreeze when flowing into the gutters.
How can I remove an existing ice dam?
Warning! Performing ice dam removal is risking severe personal injury and damage to the roof if not done properly. Never walk on a snow-covered roof and make sure to follow the proper safety procedures if you’re using a ladder. We highly recommend contacting professionals (like us) with the proper equipment and roofing experience to carry out this job.