June 13

Roof Leak Repairs: How to Handle Ice Dam Damage


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Ice dams are a reality in Omaha – and other cities as well. They can cause considerable water damage to the exterior and interior of your home as gravity pulls water through the wood, insulation, and drywall, causing extensive structural damage and mold growth. Your best action against damage from ice dams is to so take the necessary steps to keep dams from forming in the first place. Proper attic insulation & ventilation are the principal elements in preventing ice dams from forming – having the correct insulation and ventilation will provide the ideal temperature balance in the attic, and avoid the thaw/freeze cycle that causes ice dams. What do you do when a dam forms, and you see damage?

Roof Leak Repairs: 5 Steps To Handling Ice Dam Damage

If you suspect an ice dam formed on your roof, there are things you can do immediately to minimize the damage.

1. Dispose of any built up snow using a roof rake or shoveling it off.

2. Remove the ice dam by breaking it in small chunks. Be very careful so you don’t further damage the roof, or hurt yourself .

3. If you notice a leak, blow cold air into the attic to freeze it, you should aim it directly at the underside of the roof where water is actively leaking in. This will stop the leak.

4. If there are no obvious roof leaks, you’ll want to inspect your roof & gutters when you discover an ice dam. From the attic, check the underside of the roof sheathing and roof trim for moisture in the area underneath the dam. Also, check the insulation, and see if it’s damp. Also look for other signs of water penetration, including water stains and mold. Take your time to completely inspect your roof.

5. If you see problems, have a roof professional examine your roof surface. Your roofing contractor should be looking for dark patches, missing or damaged shingles, water streaks, signs of uneven melting/freezing, damp attic insulation, sagging boards, signs of mold and mildew all signs of ice dam damage. In addition to identifying the source of the leak, your roofing contractor will design a plan to repair the damage to your roof. If it appears that mold has developed, you will also have to contact a contractor who is licensed in identifying and mitigating mold. Mold is a serious health danger, and removal is best left to an expert.

Always remember to keep safety in mind when working on the roof – especially in winter. Or, hire a professional, someone experienced at roofing in all seasons.

Call Your Local Roofing Contractor

If you think your roof is in need of repairs because of ice dams or other, the best advice is to seek out a local roofing contractor. And Innovative Roofing is ready to help! We offer expert roof repair, replacement, and installation services at affordable prices, Because we love what we do!

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