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Ice Dams Can Cause Your Roof to Leak

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

a visual diagram explaining how ice dams form on a roof and how they can cause water to leak inside SERVPRO of Dane County West can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition. #608-497-333

A roof leaking water into your structure’s interior walls, ceilings, and floors is not a pretty picture. Ice dams are a leading culprit for water leaks during the winter season.  They form when heated air melts roof snow above and behind the dammed up ice when the trapped water cannot safely flow or run off the roof. The ice dam backflows under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas.  

SERVPRO of Dane County West can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition. 

Prevent Ice Dams from forming on your roof in the first place.

Consider these tried and true preventative measures:

  • Start by removing the offending culprit in the first place. Shovel or use a snow rake to remove the snow from your roof.
  • Make sure your attic and rafter space is adequately insulated. Insulation is a first line of defense consideration.
  • Make sure your attic and crawl spaces are well ventilated. The buildup of warm air in open areas above the layer of insulation is what causes snow on the roof to melt then freeze into ice dams in the first place.
  • Make sure exhaust fans, plumbing vents recessed ceiling fans and anything penetrating through your roof are sealed and insulated.
  • Add properly installed heat tape to the lower few feet of roof in areas where ice dams are likely to occur.
  • Recessed lighting in a ceiling such as in an attic, truss cavity, or soffits can create a tremendous amount of heat that rises and melts snow on the roof. Recessed lights are seldom insulated and sealed correctly.
  • Replacing heat-generating incandescent and halogen bulbs with compact florescent or LED bulbs is an easy way to reduce the amount of unwanted heat in your attic or truss cavities.
  • Try to keep vaulted ceilings cooler than the rest of the home, if possible.

When should I be concerned about water coming inside my structure?

  • Icicles forming on the edge of your roof are the most apparent indicator of ice dams and possible water invasion.
  • Be extra aware when ice accumulates higher than just the edge of the roof, over the gutters or up onto the roof itself.
  • If ice forms underneath the soffits through the vents, on the wall or under windows, water is invading your structure.

What do I do if I think I have water damage?

Call SERVPRO of Dane County West. We have staff that assess your damage and advise you on what steps to take next. SERVPRO of Dane County West has the expertise, the equipment, and highly trained technicians to mitigate any devastating effects water damage can have and preserve and restore your property. We can dry, deodorize, and disinfect the damaged areas and make it “Like it never even happened.”

When winter strikes, call SERVPRO of Dane County West to strike back.

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