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At this point, we think we are all pros at Winter life, but each year we learn of a new Winter weather disaster. Ice dams are a common occurrence during the Winter months. Some homes are more prone to ice dams than others, but many homes are the victim of ice dams and the water damages that occur. Below, we have five things you need to know about ice dams and how to protect your property!
Ice Dams Occur On Your Roof
Ice dams are a type of ice that forms on your roof. The ice dam usually develops in areas on your roof that are warmer. Once water freezes on your roof, it turns into a sheet of ice, but if the temps become warmer or warmer air escapes through your roof, the water will melt. Once it melts, it usually refreezes. This is what causes the ice dam. The water becomes trapped and keep freezing and melting.
Ice Dams Can Cause Structural Damages
Ice dams are heavy and can cause structural damages. They can damage your gutters and roof structure. The weight is not the only cause of structural damages. The water can also become trapped and sit in one area, weakening your roof, which will begin to leak.
Ice Dams Can Cause Water Damages
Ice dams are notorious for causing water damages. Once the water becomes trapped, it will remain trapped until it finds a way out. This is usually through your roof the seams of your gutters. These water damages are not usually visible right away, meaning the water will have time to sit, causing more structural weaknesses and possibly mold.
Professionals Should Remove Ice Dams
Ice dams are large sheets of ice. These ice sheets are very heavy and can injure someone if not removed in a certain manner. Professional have tools to remove pieces of the ice dam to ensure your property is not damaged in the process.
Ice Dams Can Be Prevented
Ice dams can be prevented. Roofers can install items to ensure ice dams do not form on your roof. You can also ensure your gutters are cleared of all debris. This allows water to flow freely through your gutters. If your home is prone to ice dams, contact a professional for advice!