Feb
06

Ice dam removal from CT roofs

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Remember back in 2010 when Connecticut was over run with Ice dams and  many folks had not even heard of such a thing as an Ice Dam on a house? Now many homes have a roof rake handy and are ready to battle the ice dams and snow on their roofs. Here is a brief article we posted in 2010 unfortunately the methods for fighting the dreaded Ice dam have not changed much since this article was originally posted, one exception is puck shaped Calcium Chloride cakes that you can toss up on your roof and they melt a track right through the ice dam and into the gutter.

New England is known for rapid weather changes and that presents a perfect environment for an ice dam to form on your roof top which could cause all sorts of damage to your New England home. An ice dam is formed by the snow on your rooftop melting and re-freezing, which blocks or “Dams” the path of water produced by the melting snow, water that could run down the side of your house causing ice and water damage and if it has no other place to go it will eventually intrude into your home causing both interior and exterior water damage.

Ice Dam Forming on A Ct Roof

Ice Dam Forming on A Ct Roof

. One factor contributing to the formation of an “ice dam” on your home is the heat of your attic melting the snow on your roof with the outside temperatures still below freezing level; another contributing factor would be the well known rapid temperature changes of our New England climate. Last but not least an “ice dam loves clogged gutters.” We at Al’s Absolute Best Cleaning & Restoration Services love the challenge of structural drying and completing restoration projects caused by “ole mother nature” but there are some precautions you can take to limit your chances of the dreaded “ice dam”. Adequate and properly installed insulation and ventilation systems are a must. Some things to have available would be: Ladder Shovel Roof Rake for Snow Snow melt (Calcium Chloride ONLY others may stain your roof) In the event that you have an “ice dam” form on your roof top there is an easy way to effectively break it up and save yourself from water and ice damage to your home. First you will want to take a look around the house for more ice dams. You can do this from the ground or using the ladder but only to gutter level, no need to go on to the roof in most situations. Next using the shovel or better yet the long handled “Roof Rake for snow” remove any snow that you can reach. Now use the Calcium Chloride ice melt, the best trick for applying it is by using a pair of pantyhose.Take a pair of pantyhose and pour a container of Calcium Chloride ice melt into them then separate and tie them off individually, place one filled pantyhose leg on each ice dam, making sure to go from the roof across the dam and hang over the gutter, this will usually melt the dam within 12 -24 hours. Don’t forget to take the pantyhose off your roof when it all melts, who knows what your neighbors may think! ICE DAM REMOVAL COLCHESTER CT

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