Professional Ice Dam Removal Services in Indianapolis
Ice dams are ridges of ice that form along the edge of roofs and literally create dams that prevent your roof from shedding ice and snow. When snow begins to melt, ice dams will keep the water from draining off of your roof, and serious moisture damage can occur as a result. As the water rests at the edge of your roofing, it can leak through the roofing and cause damage to your walls, insulation, and ceiling—the moisture may also soak into your roofing structure and cause it to rot.
Your Indianapolis roofing contractor at Thomas Jefferson Roofing & Remodeling can get rid of any ice dams, no matter how large or small, before they cause any damage to your Indianapolis home. We can also take measures to help prevent ice dams and make them occur less frequently.
How Do Ice Dams Form?
Ice dams can only occur when three conditions are in place:
- Snow cover
- Freezing outdoor temperatures
- Heating from inside your home escaping through the roof
The snow at the top of your roof will be heated by hot air escaping your home, and it will begin to melt. As it runs down the roof, it starts to lose that heat, and begins to freeze over again. This leaves ice at the end of your roofing—an ice dam–which will cause major problems for your Indianapolis home’s roofing.
Although the primary cause of melting snow is heat that escapes from your home, it can also happen because of sunlight. And it doesn’t require sudden or intense warmth: with temperatures as low as 14°F outdoors and 23°F in the attic, enough sunlight can be transmitted through up to six inches of snow to cause the snow to begin to melt.
If an ice dam forms on your roof, contact our Ice Dam Removal in Indianapolis before it is allowed to cause more damage to your home.
What Problems Ice Dams Cause?
Ice dams are a major problem for Indianapolis homeowner because they can cause water to leak through your roof, which can be responsible for a host of other problems:
- Rotting roof decking, exterior and interior walls, and framing.
- Mold growth (which can in turn cause respiratory issues).
- Wet or Damaged insulation.
Wet insulation won’t work very well, and chronically wet insulation won’t even decompress once it dries. Damaged insulation will allow more heat to escape, will lead to more ice dams, creating a vicious cycle that results in more and more damage.
Unfortunately, it is not likely that you’ll be able to achieve 100% prevention of ice dams, as there are so many different factors involved in creating them. But our Ice Dam Removal professionals can help you prevent as many ice dams as possible, and we can remove ice dams whenever they do occur.
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