Icicles are usually considered a beautiful staple of winter. But they could point to a serious problem on your roof – ice dams! Ice dams are ridges of ice that form at the edge of your roof and prevent melting snow from draining off. During the winter months, particularly after a massive snowstorm, ice dams can form.
Ice dams can cause severe damage to your home. If left untreated, they can tear off your gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up under those shingles and drain into your home.
Water that cannot drain off properly works its way under your roof covering and flows into the attic. From there, it can seep through insulation, ceilings, walls, and other areas, causing peeling paint, stained and sagging ceilings, warped floors, and even mold and mildew.
Ice dams form when indoor heating rises through your ceiling into the attic and warms the roof surface. Snow on the heated part of the roof melts and flows down until it meets the part of the roof that is below freezing. At that point, the water freezes into an ice dam.
If you can see icicles weighing down your gutters and snow piling up behind them, especially with leaks in your attic, you may have an ice dam. While prevention is key to avoiding damage, here are some things you can do to mitigate the problem:
As stated above, preventing ice dams is the best way to keep your roof safe in the winter. To prevent ice dams, you need to keep the temperature in your roof and eaves consistent. You can do this by:
Completing the items listed above will help you to enjoy an ice dam-free winter while saving on energy costs. Not sure if your home has the right amount of insulation or the proper ventilation? The roofing experts at Brothers can help. Schedule a consultation to get started now before the start of winter.