Ice Dam Removal
Ice dams are tricky things that can build up during winter months. When a harsh winter brings a lot of snow, this can cause an ice dam to form on the edge of your roof. What is an ice dam, you ask? An ice dam is a formation of icicles that form on the edge of your roof, usually on your gutter, that can be so heavy they begin to pull down your gutter system and, quite possibly, shingles off your roof. Because these formations can cause damage and be incredibly unsafe, it is important to have them removed immediately.
Consequences of an Ice Dam
If ice dams are not properly taken care of, they can be incredibly dangerous and can cause a lot of damage. If ice dams get big enough, they will begin to pull at your gutter and roof, sometimes pulling had enough that they will cause both your gutters, and roof, to detach. If the ice dam begins to break naturally or falls as a result of pulling your gutter, it can be dangerous to humans and animals walking underneath. Big enough icicles falling could result in extensive bodily injury.
Because of how dangerous and destructive ice dams can be, it is important to have them properly removed. One of the options for removal is to have us melt your ice dam with calcium chloride. Calcium chloride is a chemical compound that is also found in the rock salt that you use on your driveway and it helps to melt the ice. Because this job can be dangerous, we recommend letting professionals, like us, do it. Improperly salting a roof can cause damage to your shingles and, if you melt the ice too quickly, it can result in ice dam pieces breaking off and falling uncontrollably.
Another option to get rid of a pesky ice dam is to break icicles into smaller pieces, for easier removal. This process usually requires getting on to a snow filled and icy roof and, thus, may be very dangerous for anyone other than a professional. With this option, we can come to your home, get on your roof and use proper tools to carefully break away individual icicles. We usually assist this with a melting agent. However, because chipping away at the ice can cause a large section to break off, we take extreme caution.
Steaming an ice dam is the newest technology we have available and, with this process, we get up on the roof and use hot air to slowly melt away icicle formations. Like any other option on this list, this should absolutely be done by a professional as steam can cause serious risk of burning skin. In addition to this, this process usually needs to be done from a snowy roof, which presents a falling risk. And, like other options, steam can cause a large portion of ice to fall at once, which we can help to avoid.