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Ice Dams and You

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Public domain graphic via NOAA/National Weather Service.

When the winter months are at their coldest, we tend to worry about the most immediate needs.  Shoveling the driveway, making sure our heat works properly and watching our steps to avoid any icy patches.  However, we may not be aware of the flood damage that may be brewing right over our heads.  When the ice on the roof melts and freezes again, it creates what is called “ice dams,” which left unattended can cause water to flood your attic and leak along your walls, all of which could lead to expensive repairs. 

What is an ice dam?  Ice dams form as a result of warm air inside your home leaking into the attic and warming the underside of the roof, causing snow and ice to melt. The melted water will drain along the roof, under the snow, until it reaches the cold overhang.  The overhang tends to be at the same temperature (below 32 degrees) as the outdoors, and the melted water will refreeze and form icicles and possibly an ice dam.  The draining water hits the ice dam, backs up under the roof shingles, finds cracks and openings in the roofing, and eventually manifests itself as an interior water leak.

Water damage to your home in Dearborn Heights, caused by ice dams, can be partially prevented by keeping your gutters clean and avoiding any type of exhausts exiting into the attic.  The proper amount of Insulation also plays a key role in maintaining the right temperatures so ice dams are not created.  Regardless, even the best, most diligent homeowners are not able to avoid the water damage that can happen as a result of ice dams and they may be in need of professional help. This assistance is where SERVPRO becomes your greatest ally in restoring your home back to its original condition.   

Being a homeowner, you may be tempted to try your hand at the drying process, but it is best to call in a team of professionals.  In addition to drying your attic, ceiling and walls, our SERVPRO team can inspect the structure of your house and determine whether additional repairs are needed. Our specially trained technicians are also able to determine the equipment best suited to navigate the limited space in your attic while achieving the desired results. Our team can work on salvaging insulation if possible, and assuring that those materials that may pose a health hazard for you and your family are properly disposed.

One of the benefits of reaching out to a team of experts is the number of techniques at our disposal. Do not be surprised if our SERVPRO technicians decide to drill small holes into your walls as part of the drying process. Containment barriers may be erected to cordon off the affected areas.  Our aim is to achieve moisture reduction, which is essential in safeguarding the structural integrity and health of your home. 

 Have you experienced water damage due to an ice dam?  If so, call SERVPRO of Dearborn Heights North/East Garden City at (313) 228-5134.  At SERVPRO, we work to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

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