Damage from Ice Dams

water damage restoration dayton ohioYou know those pretty icicles that form on your roof during the winter? They may look harmless, but the same condition that causes these to form also causes ice dams.

Not so pretty anymore, right?

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is a thick ridge of solid ice that build up along the overhanging lower edge of your roof, known as the eaves.

What Causes Ice Dams?

Ice dams start when heat temperatures are not consistent, because heat is not able reach the eaves while it’s working to warm the roof. Since heat melts the snow off of the roof, it ends up freezing at the eaves. This results in torn off gutters, loosened shingles and an accumulation of ice forming, hence forming an ice dam. Once an ice dam is formed, water that is melted off of the roof will end up leaking under the loosened shingles and pouring into your home.

Damages Caused from Ice Dams

Not only do ice dams damage your roof, but they also can damage the inside of your home. Once water starts to leak into your home, it’s never a good outcome. Moisture from these water backups lead to peeling paint, warped floors, stained ceilings, and sagging plaster on walls and ceilings. In addition to these damages, unwanted moisture in your home can lead to mold and mildew, which can further leads to respiratory problems.

A Few Ways to Prevent Ice Dams

  • Removing snow from your roof after every snow storm with a roof rake
  • Clear downspouts so gutters are able to drain when snow melts
  • Making sure your attic is well insulated

Though there are ways to prevent ice dams, sometimes they are difficult to avoid and might not safe to remove without a professional. That’s why at Active Restoration, we can handle all of the messy work for you.

Contact us at Active Restoration today for full restoration services, even beyond water damage restoration in Dayton, Ohio. We provide emergency services to fix damages due to water, weather, mold, and more!

Written by Chrissie Parker
on November 25, 2014