Northern Utah Ice Damming Experts
Icicles dangling from a thick blanket of snow on a roof are the backdrop to an idyllic winter scene. That same pretty picture of ice might cause an ugly reality for the residents inside the home.
The weight of the ice bearing down on the gutters backs up to the point where it melts into the home, encouraged by heat emanating from the interior of the house. If you cannot remove the snow from the roof, ice dams can block water backing it up rather than allowing it to run off of the roof.
The water goes wherever it can, as water is prone to do, and may find its way beneath roof shingles and into your home. This scenario is what is called an ice dam.
The ice damming may allow water or ice to seep into the home, causing rotting wood inside the walls, ceilings, windows, the roof, and even within the attic space. Mold is a byproduct of water damage and causes serious health issues. The worst part is that the water damage may lurk for years before anyone is aware of the water damage, or has a clue why everyone is constantly sick or sneezing.
Even worse is that once the water does start showing up within the home, such as a slight drip from the skylight or a little water stain that appears to “activate” only severe weather, many people ignore these serious warning signs. At the first sign of water damage, contact The Flood Co. We serve Northern Utah and can check out your home for water damage and offer thorough restoration and quick response times.
Water damage, particularly in the winter months is a bear to deal with weather wise, and financially. From a practical standpoint having to deal with any household repairs that may require anything to be exposed to the outside is unpleasant, disruptive, and a zap of resources.
Additionally, the homeowner’s insurance may skyrocket for any insurance claims from ice damming and falling ice. The worst part is that falling ice may cause property damage, such as if it takes the gutter with it, or if it causes injuries.
Prevention Is Key
Rather than let nature take her course in your home, take action and work to prevent ice dams.
Ice damming and icicle prevention is the key to sustaining a warm, comfortable home for your whole family even in the thick of heavy winter elements.
For starters, you may remove snow from your house every time it snows. Though, that may not be practical if your home is three stories up and sits atop a mountain, backed up against a huge dropoff. Additionally, for most experiencing Northern Utah ice damming, it could be hard to keep up with cleaning the roof considering the level of snowfall, lacking desire to perform the work yourself, your own hectic schedule, or physical limitations.
Though, the weight of ice and snow put a heavy toll on the roof, which may already be older and ready to be replaced. If it is practical, keep the downspouts clear of snow and ice. This is one simple way to assist the drainage of water, snow, and ice off of the roof because these elements have a place to go.
Signs There May Be Trouble
The next time it snows and there are icicles on your house, look a little more carefully at them to see if they are only surrounding gutters. Look more closely to see if there is any water that is stuck behind the icicles. If this is the case, then you should not have any concerns.
Likewise, rather than wait for it to rain indoors, inspect the attic and top floor of your home, where the ceiling and wall lead to outside. Water stains and any moisture can be signs of trouble from ice dams.
It might seem like the water will just dry up on its own and then that is that. Though, water is more insidious than that and causes gnarly problem that go deep. If you only fix the resulting issue, then it is a repair made in vain that will likely reoccur while allowing further damage to happen.
Rather than attempt to handle any of the major flooding alone from this problem, contact a specialist in Utah ice damming and water damage restoration, The Flood Co., which serves Northern Utah.
Flooding in Utah might seem like an impossibility. Though, sadly, many learn of Utah ice damming and its ill effects by first-hand experience. Let our trained experts inspect your ice issues and the interior of your home to detect whether there may be damage before it can ravage your home.
After all, your home is probably your biggest asset and houses your most precious gifts in life: your family. Give us a call and let us see how we might help you fix damage from ice damming.