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What Is an Ice Dam?
No homeowner wants to hear the words “ice dam,” a problem that can cause serious damage and frustration. If you have never experienced this phenomenon, you might be wondering what an ice dam actually is. The trigger for an ice dam actually is not outside, but instead occurs in your attic. If your attic is poorly insulated, it will be full of warm air. So, when snow falls on your roof, it will melt. When the melting snow reaches your gutters, it will refreeze.
This process of snow melting and refreezing eventually results in an ice dam—a ridge of ice. As melted snow gathers behind the dam, a large puddle of water forms with nowhere to go except seep under your roof shingles and leak into your home. This process can happen so slowly that by the time you realize water is leaking into your home, the ice dam is larger and more problematic than you can safely address and remove on your own.
One of the most visible signs of an ice dam is an icicle. Icicles can be pretty, but when they form on the exterior of your home, consider it a sign of a potentially serious problem. Be on the lookout for any of these signs:
- Icicles, particularly under the overhang of your roof
- Icicles near roof vents, pipes or skylights
- Ice overflowing from your gutters
- Ice on the siding of your home
- Unusual wetness in your home, such as drips of water or moisture on the walls
Once an ice dam forms, you must call on professionals for safe ice dam removal. Do not try to tackle it on your own. It might be tempting to throw rock salt on the ice as a quick fix, but this can damage the paint and metals of your home’s exterior. Or, perhaps you may try to knock down icicles with a shovel or tool. This is very dangerous work—falling ice can injure you or pull shingles or pieces of your gutter off with it. And, removing the icicles does not actually remove the source of the ice dam problem.
The professional team at Perfect Power Wash use a safe ice dam removal procedure to avoid causing damage to your home. Perfect Power Wash employs a steaming method that removes ice dams and excess snow on your roof. Call today to learn more.