Ice dams are one of the many hazards associated with cold and snowy winters. We do plenty of ice dam removal in Minneapolis this time of year. But did you know there are a few things you can do to avoid ice dams? Here are a few suggestions.
The first thing you should know is how ice dams form in the first place. After a snow fall, the snow in the middle of your roof melts, which then drains off of your roof and into your gutters. But if the air temperature around your gutters is below freezing, the water will sometimes refreeze and cause an “ice dam,” which then clogs your gutters. This can lead to several different problems, like a leaky roof and mold and mildew issues.
The first thing you should do is take a look at your insulation and make sure it’s adequate for your house or commercial property. You should probably call in a professional company to assess it and make sure you don’t need to get it updated or have new insulation installed. This also helps prevent air leaks through your attic or crawlspace.
Along the same lines, make sure the attic or crawlspace has adequate ventilation too. Again, this is an issue that can be checked by a professional insulation company. The proper air flow also helps to prevent ice dams, which means you won’t have to call us for our ice dam removal services.
Ice dams can be a pain. They can cause leaky roofs and other problems. Leaky roofs can lead to unslightly brown streaks down your walls and ceilings, and it can also lead to the growth of mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can cause health problems, like respiratory problems, and more. Not only that, they can damage your gutters and downspouts, which can then lead to even more expensive repairs.
While some people might think ice dam removal is a DIY project, it shouldn’t be. You need the right type of equipment to safely remove the ice dam, and crawling up and down a ladder, especially in cold, icy or snowy conditions can be dangerous. This is why we always recommend a professional company like ours for safe and efficient ice dam removal.
Do you want more information on ice dam removal in Minneapolis or the surrounding areas? Call Metro Cleaning Service at 651-484-9799, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.