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Ice Dam Update

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It’s that time of the year again, when all across the country, and particularly here in Colorado, we are experiencing weather related emergencies at an alarming rate. Right now, Ice Dams are an issue in our area. If you haven’t read our first article on Ice Dams – what they are, how they form and how they do harm, check out that article.

Here’s an update to the previous Ice Dam article.

Every so often, the conditions that give rise to an ice dam are just right. Judging by the phone calls we’ve received lately, that time is now – at least in our area. An ice dam is created by heat rising through the roof of your home or business and melting the snow from underneath. What happens next is the melted water flows down the roof and under the snow until it freezes again when it reaches unheated eaves and overhangs.

How Do I Know If I Have An Ice Dam? A tell-tale sign is the formation of icicles. The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it. The water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows inside the structure. Inside your home or business, the water causes staining on the drywall, on the ceiling or displays itself as leaks.

How Does Heat From The Inside Get To The Roof? Heat from the house can move through the ceiling and insulation, depending on the type of insulation used. Inadequately insulated duct work can also be a source of heat. Exhaust systems in kitchens and bathrooms can also contribute to snow melting. And a chimney may be the source of heat.

How Can I Prevent Ice Dams? Immediate action calls for the removal of snow from the roof. By SAFELY removing snow, or opening channels in the ice dames so water can drain, you’ve eliminated the source.

NOTE: We caution anyone considering removing snow on their own. You may risk personal injury or damage to the roof and house. Be sure to contact professionals to carry out this job.

When You Have Damage. Regardless of how freezing water affects your home or business, if water damage occurs from freezing or other sources, call Restoration 1 of West Denver at 72O-605-2994. We are available 24/7. We will mitigate the loss to prevent further damage.

Restoration 1 Of West Denver only hires professional, certified technicians who provide proven state-of-the-science services to all property damaged from water, fire, smoke, mold, and other disasters.