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Ice dams form when the snow melts on a roof and then refreezes near the roof’s edge. This causes a dam, much like a beaver dam, which prevents water from draining off the roof. The water that is trapped behind the ice dam can seep under shingles and cause damage to walls and ceilings.

Ice dams can lead to numerous issues, including the growth of mold and mildew, decaying, corrosion and mold in the attic and on wall surfaces, and water-related damage.

If left unchecked, ice dams can cause extensive damage to a home’s exterior, including damaged shingles, wet insulation, and even flooding.
In addition, the cost of repairing the damage can be quite high, making it important to take preventive measures to avoid an ice dam.

Ensure that your attic is properly insulated and ventilated to prevent ice dams. Make sure that your attic temperature is the same as the temperature outside. This will keep the area near the roof from getting too warm and melting the snow. Additionally, you can install heating cables or tape along the edge of the roof to keep it from freezing and causing the dam. Lastly, ensure that your gutters are clear and do not allow water to accumulate in one spot.

SteamMaster is a 24/7/365 emergency response company that has served the mountain resort communities for over 45 years. We use infrared thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters to detect water intrusion. Our emergency response number is 970.827.5555