Ice Dam Removal
Having problems with ice dams? Guaman Construction, LLC can help!
Q: What is an ice dam?
A: an ice dam is a wall of ice that forms on your roof—usually near the edge (at gutters or soffits). The ice stops water from flowing off your roof the way it should. Instead, the water starts to back up underneath your shingles and then leak into your house--causing damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, etc.
Q: What causes ice dams?
A: Ice dams are usually caused by heavy snowfall and improper ventilation in the attic. Warm spots in the attic cause the snow to melt on your roof. The water starts to flow, but then re-freezes when it hits a “cold spot” along the edge, in gutters, soffits, etc. This constant melt and re-freeze eventually causes an ice dam.
Q: Okay, so I have an ice dam. Now what?
A: You have two options.
• Attempt to remove the ice dam yourself (use a rake roof and other tools to remove the ice or use special “ice melter” sold at hardware stores). Keep in mind a few things: * you can cause serious damage to your roof (experts NEVER recommend raking your roof or using other tools to remove ice—you can wreck your shingles; roof rakes are meant for snow removal only) * you are risking severe injury to yourself * removing the ice dam cures the “symptom,” but does not address the cause • Contact Guaman Construction to remove the ice dam. * Guaman Construction uses a steam machine to safely and effectively remove the ice dam. Using steam is the
best option to avoid further roof damage.
* Guaman Construction can locate the cause of the problem (too little insulation, not enough venting, improper
ventilation, etc) AND make necessary repairs to greatly decrease the chance of future ice dams
* Guaman Construction can also repair any damage that might have already been caused by the ice dam (interior
damage to walls, ceilings, etc)