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Ice Dam Removal: Why It’s Important and What’s the Best Way to Do It?

April 10th, 2019 BY First American Roofing

Lately, the winters in the midwest have been quite hectic. We’ve seen record amounts of snow for certain months, bone-chilling temperatures, and overall weather that we’ve never seen before. Because of this, it’s crucial that you are fully prepared for this weather. Not only does that mean you’re wearing the right amount of layers while you’re outside, but you have to make sure you’re properly protected from the elements while you’re inside.

One of the dangers of winter weather like we’ve seen recently is ice dams. Today, we’re going to break down the importance of ice dam removal and how to do it properly.

Ice Dams – What Causes Them?

Ice dams are caused by variations in the temperature of your roof. When the snow melts up top, it slides down towards the bottom of your roof and refreezes. For more information on the causes of ice dams, visit here.

The reason for these variances in temperatures is due to improper insulation. Therefore, it is highly encouraged that you ensure your home is properly insulated if you want to avoid ice dams or to keep them from coming back once they are removed. The best way to do this is to call us up and we’ll give your home a blower door test to find any inefficiencies in your home. These tests work through depressurizing your home and then using a thermal camera to find areas where insulation is poor. Then, we’ll give you a plan of action to fix those areas, as well as an estimate.

Removing Ice Dams – Why It’s Important & How To Do It Safely

Removing ice dams is critical to ensure that your home stays in healthy condition during the winter. When water gets caught between the melting point and the ice dam, it sits on your roof for an extended period of time and will eventually find its way through your roof and into your home. This can potentially cause serious amounts of damage.

When it comes to removing ice dams, the only way to do it right — and to ensure that you don’t cause any damage to your roof — is to use steam. At First American roofing, this is the only way we’ll ever remove an ice dam, so you can rest assured that we’ll take care of the issue all while keeping your home in perfect condition.

Ice Dam Removal Process
Steam removal in action

So, whether it’s the winter months and you’re in need of some assistance quickly, or you just need to keep someone in mind if an ice dam ever does affect your home, First American is your first and only choice for ice dam removal. Contact us today for all your roofing, siding, gutters, window, and soft washing needs.