If you live in Minnesota, you have likely heard the havoc that ice dams in Brooklyn Park and the surrounding areas can cause. Thick bands of ice form along the eaves of houses, causing millions of dollars of structural damage every year. Some residents have had water-stained ceilings, dislodged roof shingles, sagging gutters, peeling paint, and damaged plaster that can be expensive to fix.
There are many ways to treat the symptoms, but proper air sealing, insulation, and attic venting are the best way to eliminate the problem.
Ice dams form usually above the overhang along the roof’s edge. Snow melts from the heat and warm air leaking from your living area and gets into the colder edge of the roof, then it refreezes. Each layer of snow that accumulates insulates the roof deck a little more, keeping more heat in the attic, keeping the roof warmer, and melting more snow. This exponentially increases. As the temperature drops quickly in the area, the eaves freeze.
Causing Damage to Your Home
Ice Dams are not caused by gutters, but gutters can lead to the problem getting worse. Gutters help focus the water in the most vulnerable areas at the edge of the roof, giving the problem a bigger chance to grow. As the gutters fill up with ice, the will get so heavy that they can rip away from the house, ripping fascia, downspouts, and fasteners on the way down.
Also, if the water leaks into your insulation, your energy bill will go up since the insulation isn’t working as well as it should. It can also leak into your walls, your drywall and beyond, contributing to a musty smell and even mold.
Fixing the Problem
Preventing ice damns in Brooklyn Park MN can be troublesome, but if you already have a problem, make sure you hire a contractor that knows what they are doing. Many ice dam removal companies in Brooklyn Park and the surrounding areas will use high pressure machines that can cause additional damage to your home. Ice Dam Liquidators uses a gentle steamer that will not cause damage to your roof or gutters and helps stop the problem from growing worse.
Contact Ice Dam Liquidators today to learn more about how we can help you remove your ice dams or prevent future ones from forming.