Icicles hanging along the eaves of your house may look beautiful, but they spell trouble.
What Are Ice Dams?Ice dams are walls of ice that typically form at the edge of your roof or gutters when these areas clog up with ice. Ice dams are a pervasive and damaging winter roofing problem caused by poor roof ventilation and a warm attic space. Left untreated, ice dams can cause serious damage to your roof, gutters, paint, insulation, drywall, structure and even contribute to mold. Dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into your house. When that happens, the results aren't pretty: peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings. Not to mention soggy insulation in the attic!
The dams form when melting snow on a roof runs off and refreezes at the edge of a roof. This condition occurs when the snow is melted by a warm roof, creating water running between the snow and the warm roof surface, then freezing and turning to ice when it gets past the exterior wall and hits a cold unheated roof edge or gutter.
How to Prevent Ice Dams:
In order to prevent ice dams from damaging your home, there are several short- and long-term steps you can take.
The recent snowy weather has created perfect conditions to create ice dams. Ice dams, left untreated, can cause some serious damage to your home, resulting in thousand of dollars in needed repairs.
Janine Vairo is a Real Estate Agent at Kelly Associates, Real Estate Inc. located at 780 Boston Post Road in Darien, CT. She can be reached at 203.621.0998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.