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The Science Behind Ice Dams and the Damage They Can Cause

Last updated 4 years ago

Chicago winters can be fierce, causing serious damage to houses. And one of the worst things that can happen to your home during the cold weather months is for an ice dam to develop. We’ve listed some facts about ice dam formation and prevention below. If you notice water leaking through your roof or other signs of ice damming, call an exterior remodeling professional immediately.

About Ice Dams
An ice dam forms when hot air rises up through an attic and melts the snow on top of a roof. The melted snow starts trickling over the side of the roof and quickly turns into ice, due to the fact that roof edges are very cold. As this process continues, the ice gets larger and eventually forms into a dam that prevents any water from dripping off of the roof.

How Ice Dams Harm Houses
If not treated in a timely manner, ice dams can cause severe damage. The water trapped in the dam will eventually start trickling down through the roof and into other areas of the home. This water leakage can ruin roof shingles, damage the attic, destroy belongings, and possibly promote mold growth.

Identifying Ice Dams
To determine if an ice dam is forming, inspect your roof and make sure that there are no icicles on the roof’s edge. Also, go up into your attic and see if there is any water coming in through your roof. If you spot any of these signs, it’s possible that an ice dam is developing and you should contact a winterizing expert right away.

Preventing Ice Dams
The surest way to prevent an ice dam from forming is to have a professional inspect your home in the springtime. They will be able to determine if your roof has the potential to cause an ice dam and remodel your attic to prevent one from occurring in the future.

For more information on ice dams, call Bak Brothers Remodeling, Inc. We provide home winterizing services for residents in Chicago’s North Shore area. Give us a call today at (224) 205-4731.

 

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