Ice Dam

Winters in Rochester NY always guarantee plenty of snow and cold, but that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to have ice dams. Ice dams occur when water builds up on the edge of sloped homes and are commonly seen after several days of heavy snowfall. The water from ice dams slide down the roof to the edges where there is no heat coming through the surface of the roof. They are not only dangerous to those walking beneath them, ice dams can also cause leaks in your home’s roof or damage to the ceilings or walls. Attempting to remove ice dams yourself could result in injury, so if you’re looking to removal them from your home it’s safest to look for a trained professional like M&G Seamless Gutters & Roofing in Rochester, NY. The hardworking professionals at M&G will use a special tool called a roof rake or steam equipment  to ensure a safe removal of the ice without any injuries or damage to your roof.

Water damage on the inside of your home is the first sign that there is an ice dam forming in your gutter. Water and ice will also start forming on the outside of your home beneath the siding and any exterior wall. If there’s snow or rain and you notice your gutters aren’t draining, this could be another signal there’s an ice dam forming on your home. One obvious signal of an ice dam is spotting icicles at the edge of your roof or gutters. These icicles may be a sign that water is not draining properly. The final sign of ice dams is if you see snow melting on the higher parts of your roof but not the lower end. If you start to notice any of these signs, check your roof and contact M&G Seamless Gutters & Roofing right away for help.

Preventing ice dams from building up is a complicated task and any person that performs work on their roof by approaching it from the ground below is risking injury or damage to their roof. The best way to prevent ice dams from building up on your home is to make sure your ceiling and roof exceed the code requirement levels when it’s installed, which can be accomplished by calling M&G Seamless Gutters & Roofing when you’re first looking to have your roof installed. The chance of ice dams forming are increased if there’s anything less than a 100% air barrier throughout the ceiling. Although skylights and complicated roof designs can be an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home, they can put your home at a higher risk of ice dams. If you’re looking to avoid ice dams at all costs, construct a slippery roof that snow will slip off of before it melts. If moisture is entering your house from ice dams, it could result in an increase of growth of mold and mildew. This can be prevented by drying out damp portions of your home the second you notice an issue. Metal roofs provide a slippery surface for snow and ice to slide off, and can be an advantageous way of preventing ice dams.

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See above the ice dam forming around this roof structure. They can form around dormers and roof vents as well as the eaves of your home.

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The eave and gutter of your home is most commonly where people see ice dams. This is a common spot for them to form and as the ice melts it can create hazardous icicles.

The most important note to remember are the dangers of standing under ice dams, and that it is dangerous to chip away at the ice yourself. This could cause damage to your roof or serious injury if you are hit by falling ice and tools. Make the safe choice and contact the staff at M&G Seamless Gutters & Roofing. Give us a call for all of your roofing and gutter needs.

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