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How to Avoid Damage to Your Roof as a Result of Ice Dams

We are going to address the important matter of how to avoid ice dams, how they can damage your roof, and how you can fix your roof in the event that this unfortunate fate does befall your home or business. But before we get to all that, a good place to start is probably by answering the question…

“What is an ice dam?”

An ice dam typically forms Bad Ice Dam in Chelmsford, MAunder the conditions that come with wintertime weather, and it is a clump of ice that forms on your roof’s edge. They occur when the warmth from the roof above your attic melts falling snow, and that cold water falls to the eave of the roof and freezes once more and forms an ice mount.

These ice dams don’t only damage your roof, but also gutters and downspouts, as well as the inside of your home. Clearly, it is easy to see why this could be a major issue, especially since the damage caused by the problem can creep right into your home or business!

Ice dams can cause more water to become backed up behind the pile of ice and finds its way beneath the shingles. From there, the water seeps through the insulation and pools up in your exterior walls and ceiling lying underneath the eave. As a result of this, paint and sheetrock will be ruined from exposure to water.

If the area around the ice dam stays wet, mildew can begin to form and the whole thing may begin to rot. Additionally, an ice dam can get heavy enough to break off your roof and fall to the ground, taking down gutters and shingles with it on its way down. On the ground, it damages whatever it may fall on, such as windowsills, pets, cars, shrubs and—worst of all—people.

winter ice dams on your house

It’s clear why you would want to prevent an ice dam, and fortunately, Old School Group is here to help ensure you don’t have to deal with the problem and, if you already are, we can help you to get out of it. We can prevent damage while removing an already existing ice dam by melting it or taking it apart in small chunks. We also clear out your downspouts and gutters so they don’t become damaged.

Prevention, however, is of course the best cure. The true way to prevent an ice dam is to fix the underlying problem; your warm roof. We can seal wherever warm air is leaking to the space beneath the sheathing of your roof from your living area.

If the living space is well insulated, this will prevent the problem from happening in the first place. It’s also good to have a vent between the roof sheathing and insulation, so heat will be carried away if it does happen to make its way through.

Whether you are currently dealing with an ice dam or want to avoid that unpleasant situation altogether, give Old School Group a call, because we are more than capable of helping you solve this problem!

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