Learn what ice dams are and why you need to remove snow from your roof quickly to avoid this damaging condition.
If you own a home or business in Connecticut you will definitely want to know what ice dams are and how to deal with it. There are plenty of hazards that can affect the roof or gutter on your home or office building and the more you know the better you can avoid these problems.
Ice dams occur on the edge of a roof. When a ridge of ice forms at the edge and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof, it is called an ice dam. The problem that arises is when the water backs up behind the dam and leaks through the roof and ceiling and causes damage to the walls, insulation and ceilings.
Ice dams can only form when there is snow on the roof. Anyone who remembers last winter will surely recall the heavy amounts of snow that fell during a short period of time in January. Once this snow starts to melt it begins to flow down the roof and eventually reaches a point where the temperature is below 32° F and then freezes. This process is what causes an ice dam.
Ice dams are why roofing contractors and gutter experts strongly recommend clearing the snow off your roof after a blizzard or Nor’easter. The longer snow remains on your roof the more damage it can cause either through an ice dam or by putting too much weight on the roof.
Another hazard that can occur with melting snow is having it pool in the gutter channel, and because of a clog, freeze into a hard block of ice. This will prevent melting snow from draining properly and can also create so much pressure from the weight that the gutter begins to sag and in some cases crack and collapse.
Clearing snow from your roof as soon as possible is highly recommended and can help prevent ice dams and clogs in your gutters. If you are not comfortable shoveling snow from your roof, contract with a company that does emergency snow removal so you can count on your roof and gutters being cleared of snow.