Now that winter is safely behind us, most homeowners will quickly forget the problems they experienced during the cold months. However, it’s best to take care of any problems you may have experienced now, because chances are you’ll forget about until it happens again. One of these problems, specifically in terms of your roof, is that of ice dams. Ice dams will typically form on your roof during winter when melted snow refreezes at the edges of the roof. Although they have a picturesque element to them, it’s important to understand that ice dams can cause serious damage to your home. Additionally, they indicate that your home is not at its best. When ice dams form, they signify that the house is not properly insulated. With proper roof and attic insulation, the warm air cannot escape from the house. When insulation is insufficient or absent, the roof becomes too warm, causing the snow and ice to melt, then refreeze into ice dams. Not only can ice dams cause damage to your roof and allow water to enter the home, but the icicles that form can become a hazard if they fall off the home suddenly. Furthermore, if icicles melt slowly and drip on the foundation below, water can soak in and cause foundation damage over time. Via Moonworks Home While some ice dams are easily seen from within or outside your home, they may also form in areas other than the roof’s edge. This depends on your roof’s style, orientation and slope, so there might actually be ice dam on your roof that you’re not aware of. For instance, icicles are usually an indication of possible ice dam formation since water can get trapped behind them. Additionally, look out for water stains or moisture that form in your attic or along your exterior walls during the winter months. These are usually a clue that there’s an ice dam that has formed, allowing water to penetrate the roof membrane. The best way to minimize the damage that could result from ice dams is to get rid of them when they form. You can choose to do this manually by removing icicles, though you must be careful not to stand directly beneath them. My husband and I spent the summer with a parade of roofers and insulation contractors trying to figure out how to prevent our home from being ringed by icicles again. We had icicles everywhere: the front, the side, the back. They stretched from 2 inches to two stories tall. One time I got so annoyed at one that I tried to knock it down with a snow shovel. I nearly got speared. Don’t ever try this at home. Via Boston Globe Manual removal of the icedams from the rooftop is also possible, but using a ladder to access the roof during winter is generally not recommended for safety reasons. Additionally, you might easily cause damage to your roof by scraping and chopping away at the ice. Still another option […]
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