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Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York is known for their cold, snowy winters. The combination of heavy snow and subfreezing temperatures create ideal conditions for ice dams to form.
Ice dams form when there’s snow on your roof, but a few other things must happen before they can cause damage.
They include the following:
If you are experiencing water damage from ice dams that have formed on the roof of your Connecticut, Southern Massachusetts, and Westchester County home, our technicians are available 24/7 to inspect the damage and provide emergency ice dam remediation and water damage restoration. If you would like to learn more about preventing water damage with a roof replacement or gutter installation, schedule a Free Estimate in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. We serve Springfield, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Norwalk, New Rochelle and nearby!
A gutter filled with ice and weighted by heavy icicles (see photo) can cause:
Know the signs. Icicles may look pretty and seem like part of winter, but they are a strong indicator of ice dams.
Usually, the results and damage associated with ice dams forming along eaves are interior water damage and ruined insulation.
One way to prevent ice damming from occurring on your home is to remove as much snow as possible from the roof. This entails the risky work of climbing onto the roof and shoveling the snow off a slippery and angled surface. A safer approach is to rake snow from the roof using long-handled snow rakes.
If ice dams have already formed and water begins coming into the house, ServiceMaster Restoration by Wills can provide emergency flood repairs to minimize water damage. We can also remove moisture-damaged materials, such as carpeting and wallboard.
For a long-term solution to ice damming, we suggest air sealing large air leaks and upgrading insulation materials where necessary. This will enable your attic to maintain a cold enough temperature that snow on the shingles and rooftop won't melt and form ice dams. Without melting snow on cold days, the likelihood of ice dams is eliminated. Snow will melt naturally on the next warm day and drain down the roof harmlessly.
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