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Ice Dams and Ice Dam prevention

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Heating Coils caused this Connecticut Ice Dam to have an artistic look but could water be leaking back into this home?

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Here is another Connecticut home with heating coils and an ice dam

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Heating Coils used to prevent Ice Dams may not be the answer in severe winters

Ice Dams and Ice Dam prevention is a big topic in the news right now and also the topic of this blog post.

In our travels to Connecticut homes with leaky ice dams we see other area homes covered in ice! In the picture to the left the home owner obviously had heating coils installed on the roof to prevent ice dams but as the picture shows there are two very large ice dams created by the same heating coils that were supposed to prevent ice dams!  A neighboring home also had heating coils installed and as you see, they still have a major ice dam problem on their roof!

Could the melting water from the heating coils penetrate the roof?

With the ice dam still intact on the gutter like you see in the picture, I would think that would be a strong possibility!

This is just something we have noticed in our travels, it seems that the folks who continuously maintained their roof after each storm had the least amount of Ice dams on their roofs.

At Al’s Absolute Best Cleaning and rsetoration LLC, we find that the best way to prevent ice dams is first to have adequate ventilation and insulation in your homes attic and second is to maintain your gutter system and be sure it is totally clean before winter sets in! Third would be to maintain your roof after each storm! If you see the tell tale sign of a water damage leak in your home caused by ice dams, broken pipes or water run off, give Al’s Absolute Best Cleaning and Restoration LLC. a call.

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Will an Ice Dam harm my roof?

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Ice dam forces water into a Connecticut home

An Al’s Absolute Best LLC, technician carefully removes snow from an Uncasville Roof with an ice dam causing leaks into the home


If you live in Connecticut chances are you have been battling Ice Dams this winter! In the picture to the left shows an Al’s Absolute Best LLC, technician carefully removing the snow from the roof of this Uncasville Ct. home. The picture also  shows the calcium chloride roof pucks that were placed at intervals along the ice dam to begin the melting process! It is important to at least break the dam by creating  channels in areas to stop the water from pooling behind the ice dam and forcing its way into your home.

Many homes have leaks around windows, or dripping from ceilings and folks have placed buckets and towels around to catch the dripping water, at Al’s Absolute Best LLC, we see all kinds of creative water catchers when we go to a leaky home with an Ice dam on the roof.


If you see a area where water has forced its way into your home by the lowly Ice dam, be aware that a small spot on the visible side of your wall or ceiling, means a bigger water damaged area hidden behind that spot. If you see these tell tale signs it is time to initiate a claim with your insurance carrier and give a reputable water damage restoration company like Al’s Absolute Best LLC, a call, so the situation can be remediated before mold begins to breed in your walls.

Below is a sketch of what an ice dam can do to the roof of your Connecticut home! As the sketch shows the melting water pools right behind the ice dam on your roof, then the water looks for the easiest route of travel which unfortunately is right back under your roofs shingles, where it refreezes breaking the adhesive backing between the shingles and allowing the water to flow back into your home where it runs along beams and down walls finally showing up where gravity brings it down into your home, this is why water from an ice dam can show up in the middle of your ceiling with no visible explanation of how it got there! That’s where the technicians at Al’s Absolute LLC cleaning and restoration shine, our state of the art thermal imaging cameras and moisture reading equipment will find the hidden damage caused by an ice dam on your homes roof! The good news is when the Ice dam is gone and the hot spring sun beats down on the shingles of your roof, the shingles will re-seal them selves and your roof often is undamaged!



What is an Ice Dam

This sketch shows what an Ice dam can do to your Connecticut home

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At least seven snow storms have hit Connecticut this winter and at least 2 more are on the way! Most Connecticut homes have huge piles of snow around their foundations and soon it will begin to melt, melting snow on frozen ground leaves water with no place to go but into your homeho and cause a flooded basement.

In most cases Intrusive ground water is not covered by insurance and since many people store valuable possessions in their basement now is a good time to make sure you get them up off the floor! Large plastic containers are great for storing valuable items to protect them from a flooded basement.

A flooded basement in the spring when the ground water table is high will remain flooded until the ground water subsides even if we pump the flooded basement out, they fill right back up to the ground water level in most cases!  If you have a flooded basement, that is a finished room with drywall, carpet and furniture, you need to have a reputable restoration company like Al’s Absolute Best LLC, come to your rescue to help minimize damages caused by your flooded basement. Flooded basements happen every spring but after severe winters such as the one we are still experiencing thousands of Connecticut homes will have a flooded  basement. It is always a good idea to have a submersible water pump and 100  feet of garden hose to pump water from your flooded basement outdoors and far enough away from your home so that it cant re-enter your home!

A flooded basement

Example of a Flooded Basement










Take precautions now to help minimize damage in the event of a flooded basement!




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