Minnesota receives a significant amount of snow each year. Sometimes snow is exciting and beautiful, other times snow can be considered a danger. One of the biggest risks to your home materializes from heavy snowfall. The accumulation of snow built up on house roofs can lead to ice dams, which can lead to major repair expenses and even potential harm to your family. Call our ice dam removal Minneapolis experts today!
An ice dam is a ridge of ice formed by snow at the edge of your roof that stops melted ice water from running off to the ground. The ice dam continues to grow as water backs up behind the ice dam and re-freezes. This cycle continues until the problem area is removed or after the ice dam melts away.
Cause of the Ice Dam:
An ice dam is caused by different heat temperatures on your roof. Warm air can escape into your attic if you don’t have proper insulation and attic air sealing. This means the top of the roof is most often warmer than the bottom, which causes the snow to melt and then re-freeze. This process of melting and re-freezing snow is what forms the ice dam.
Follow the steps below to help prevent ice dams from forming.
For more detailed information please read U of M’s study on Minnesota Ice Dams.
Owens-Corning Diagram of Ice Dam Build Up – Learn More From Owens-Corning
Minnesota ice dam prevention should be handled by a licensed and insured insulation contractor. Minnesota ice dams are caused by heat differences in your roof that can stem from multiple problems inside of your attic. Improper insulation or inadequate air sealing can sometimes lead to nonuniform roof surface temperatures that cause ice dams. By having an energy audit completed and eliminating insufficient insulation you will be well on your way to eliminating your ice dams.
This is the major cause of ice dams in Minnesota and can be taken care of by our professional Minneapolis insulation contractor. However, if it’s too late and snow has already accumulated on your roof, it would be a good idea to remove it quickly. If you’re not comfortable up on a roof or it’s an emergency situation where water is already leaking into your home we can help. Our ice dam removal teams can remove snow and steam off any ice dam that may be occurring on your home’s roof.
Stinson Services, Inc. is a licensed Minnesota contractor that has been providing snow removal services for years. Born in Minnesota, we’ve experienced almost all situations when it comes to snow removal and ice dam prevention. To find out more on our Snow Removal Process give us a call or browse our website.
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