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Ice Dams - What are they and how do you prevent them?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Ice Dam on Roof Icicles can be a pretty sight, but can also be a source of water damage!

Winter water damage can take form in many different ways. One of the most neglected areas of water damage occurs right above you in the form of ice dams. These occur when warm air in the attic heats the roof, which melts the snow. The melted snow then freezes on the unheated eaves, which can look like icicles hanging above. While this can be a pretty image, it can cause damage if it is not dealt with. 

Prevention Tips

  1. Have your gutters and downspouts regularly checked for any obstructions that may cause water backup. 
  2. If enough heat is escaping into your attic to melt the snow above, you should check to ensure the attic is insulated properly. Check for any openings in the floor and seal them to ensure an airtight surface.
  3. In addition to insulation, ensure there is enough ventilation to allow warm air to escape. 
  4. Use a roof rake or a long-handled brush to remove excess snow from your roof. 
  5. Installing a water membrane or snow shield underneath the roof shingles can help to prevent water from seeping in. 
  6. Gutter screens can help keep debris out that can cause build-up and damage. 

Call SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines for 24/7/365 emergency services related to water damage! 847-956-1880 

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