ice dams

As beautiful as they are, icicles hanging along the eaves of your house spell trouble. The conditions that allow icicles to form—snow-covered roofs and freezing weather—also lead to ice dams: thick, solid ice that builds up along the eaves of your home. The dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause the water to back up and pour into your house. When that happens, the results aren’t pretty: peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings. Not to mention soggy insulation in the attic, which loses R-value and becomes a magnet for mold and mildew.

Ice dams are caused when heat collects in the attic. It warms the roof everywhere except at the eaves of the house. Snow will then melt on the warm portion of the roof, and freeze in the eaves. Ice will accumulate along the eaves and often form an ice dam. When the “meltwater” from the warmer portion of the roof backs up behind the dam, it flows under the shingles, and into the house.

Hacking away at ice dams with a hammer, chisel, or shovel is bad for your roofing—and dangerous for you. And throwing salt on them will do more to harm to your plantings than to the ice. Short of praying for warm weather, here are two preventative measures we recommend:

Blow cold air: Placing a box fan into the attic area and aiming it at the underside of the roof where water is actively leaking in is your easiest first attempt. This dose of cold air will potentially freeze the water in its tracks, and SHOULD stop your leak in a matter of minutes.

Rake: Pull off the snow with a long-handled aluminum roof rake while you stand safely on the ground. This is a not a common yard rake, it is a specialty rake with wheels won’t harm the roofing.

In the event your home sustained water damage during your event, or you still need further assistance? Call your professionals at Complete Restoration, Inc. at 731-423-1777. They’ll be more than happy to assist!