Ice dams look innocent enough.
But they can do significant damage, both to your roof and your home’s interior. Highmark Exteriors is experienced in removing ice dams from all kinds of roofs, and at all stages of winter weather. Our highly skilled teams can:
- assess damage or the potential for damage
- remove ice dams quickly and effectively with steam
- provide roof shoveling services to help prevent ice dams in the first place
Ice dam removal is not a DIY job
While there are a lot of home maintenance tasks you can do yourself, ice dam removal shouldn’t be one of them. Working on a snowy and icy peak is risky business. And chopping ice away or melting it with chemicals can damage shingles, corrode metal flashing or gutters and harm plants and soil around your home’s foundation.
Steam removal is best
Highmark has dealt with thousands of ice dams and removes them using only high-pressure steam equipment designed specifically for this purpose. Steam is the safest and most efficient way to get rid of ice dams without damaging surrounding areas.
1. You can see ice on roof edge (eaves) or in gutters.
2. Icicles are hanging from the eaves.
3. You can see water or ice on outdoor siding or near windows.
4. You can see ice coming from the soffits (the horizontal surface that connects eaves to exterior walls).
5. You see evidence of water on interior ceilings or walls.
Before and After
The photo below shows an actual ice dam on a St. Louis Park, MN home. Despite roof-raking, extensive ice dams built up during a melt-freeze-melt period. The homeowner was very concerned about wall and structural damage during the spring melt. Left: this home has a large ice dam on the North side of the home. Right: Ice dam-free!
Not sure if you have an ice dam? Call Highmark.