Ice Dams: What They Are and How to Spot Them
Category: Ice Dam Removal
It’s not really winter in Minnesota until we get our first call for an ice dam removal.
What are ice dams? Ice dams are large ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof or gutters, and prevent melting snow from running off the roof. To put it simply, they form when the attic temperature of your home is warmer than the outside temperature. Basically, heat is escaping from your home and causes the snow to melt. But, the cold temperatures outside don’t exactly allow that water to get very far sometimes—nevermind the fact that snow is an excellent insulator—and it refreezes. And your ice dam begins to form.
If left unattended ice dams can do some major damage to your home. Since the water can’t run off, it backs up on the roof and could leak into your home and cause damage, among other things.
So, what are the signs of an ice dam?
Large icicles hanging from your roof. Small icicles are normal, and even a little pretty. But, icicles that have amassed to anything bigger than the diameter of a pop can be a sign of an ice dam.
Ice buildup on gutters. If your gutters are covered in a ridge of ice, it’s likely that you have an ice dam problem. You should regularly inspect your gutters to make sure they are clean and free of debris. When the snow melts and the water attempts to run off, debris can block the flow and cause it to backup.
Water leaking into your home or garage. As we mentioned above, ice dams can cause your home to spring a leak.
Ice dam season usually heats up in January or February in Minnesota. If you have more questions on ice dams, don’t hesitate to call us at 952-641-6086.
Also, take a look at our Ice Dams gallery to get a better look at ice dams and how we can remove them.
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