Ice Dam and Snow Removal

 

Ice dams are created by snow accumulations, heat loss, melting, and re-freezing. Ice build-ups can cause major damage and leaking from:

 

Shingle Damage: From ice forming under the shingles.

Gutter and Soffit Damage: From the weight and pressure from ice as it forms at the eaves.

Structural Damage: From water leaks that damage untreated lumber, sheet rock, ceilings, and walls.

 

Fighting ice dams can be costly if you don’t approach the problem with an efficient plan to permanently eliminate ice dams. 1st Team Exteriors is equipped to handle ice dam and snow removal safely and without damaging the integrity of your shingles. We use a steam method for ice removal rather than a hammer, a chisel, or high pressure water gun. We offer our snow removal and ice dam removal services to the North and Northeastern suburbs including North St. Paul, Maplewood, White Bear Lake, Little Canada, and more.

 

Ice Dam Signs

As the snow falls and collects on your roof, the heat that is escaping from your home will melt the snow off your roof deck. This water will then freeze as it hits the eaves of your home and will form damming along the edge of your eaves. Over time, this will build up from just a “crusting” to sometimes larger than 1 to over 3 feet in height at the eaves.

Ice dams can be obvious or covered by snow, making it difficult to spot. If you have ice sickles hanging from your gutters and eaves, that is the start of an ice dam. Other common areas are in the valleys of your home, where two roof lines meet to form a “V”. These areas are in crucial need for removal of snow and ice as there are two directions the ice can travel to intrude into your home and cause interior damage.

Another area that can be a problem is where the second story meets the first story roof line. Snow gathers under the upper level eave and can look to be harmless sitting on your roof deck. But often times there is heat loss at that spot and ice forms causing it to build along side of your exterior and travel upward getting behind the flashing of your exterior of that second story.

 

How to Prevent Ice Dams

  1. Improve the insulation in your attic.
  2. Install sufficient soffit vents at eaves and ventilation on top of your roof. This is a job best left to the professional roofing specialists. The soffit and ridge vents allow cool/cold air to travel up along the underside of the roof to help prevent snow melt.
  3. Use several feet of an Ice and Water Guard product on new roofs to help guard against water intrusion due to ice dams.
  4. Remove snow build up on the lower 25% of your roof after each snow fall. Climbing on your roof to remove ice and snow is not recommended. Leave the removal of Ice and Snow to a licensed/insured professional such as 1st Team Exteriors.