Two types of damage. An ice dam that forms along the eave can cause water damage due to leaks through the roofing material. The ice buildup can also damage gutters and fascia boards.
Indiana and Michigan are known for their cold, snowy winters. The combination of heavy snow and subfreezing temperatures create ideal conditions for ice dams to form.
The experts at Monroe Restoration of Northwestern IN can repair damage caused by ice dams, including roof and gutter damage and water damage inside of your home. Contact us today to schedule an estimate for water damage restoration in Fort Wayne, South Bend, Elkhart, and the surrounding areas of Indiana and Michigan.
Ice dams form when there’s snow on your roof, but a few other things must happen before they can cause damage.
They include the following:
A gutter filled with ice and weighted by heavy icicles (see photo) can cause:
Icicles may seem like a normal side effect of winter, but they actually signal significant ice damming.
Usually, the results and damage associated with ice dams forming along eaves are interior water damage and ruined insulation.
One way to prevent ice damming from occurring on your home is to remove as much snow as possible from the roof. This entails the risky work of climbing onto the roof and shoveling the snow off a slippery and angled surface. A safer approach is to rake snow from the roof using long-handled snow rakes.
If ice dams have already formed and water begins coming into the house, Monroe Restoration can provide emergency flood repairs to minimize water damage. We can also remove moisture-damaged materials, such as carpeting and wallboard.
Get a free estimate to repair any water damage caused by ice dams. We are Northwestern IN's water damage restoration experts in Indiana and Michigan, serving Goshen, Portage, Mishawaka, Fort Wayne, Michigan City, Granger, Valparaiso, South Bend, Elkhart, Fort Wayne and areas nearby.
For a long-term solution to ice damming, we will air seal large air leaks and upgrade insulation materials where necessary. This will enable your attic to maintain a cold enough temperature that snow on the shingles and rooftop won't melt and form ice dams. Without melting snow on cold days, the likelihood of ice dams is eliminated. Snow will melt naturally on the next warm day and drain down the roof harmlessly.