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Ice Damming During the Winter

Over the past 24 hours, Metro Detroit  has been walloped by an arctic blast that brought heavy snowfall and bone-chilling temperatures to our area. The substantial snowfall, paired with near-record frigid temperatures, can wreak havoc on a home’s roofing and gutter systems in the form of ice dams.

Ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures. An ice dam forms when the temperature in your attic is above freezing causing snow on the roof to melt and then refreeze in dropping temperatures.  The pools of water behind those dams can cause leakage into your home and can mean thousands of dollars in structural damage.

The most effective solution to prevent ice dams is to reduce or eliminate any sources of heat in the attic and ventilate the attic space of the roof. Prevent warm, moist downstairs air from infiltrating the attic by appropriately insulating your attic’s floor and using a dehumidifier to control water vapor. Be sure to identify and seal all openings that would allow vapor to rise into the attic and always make sure your home’s gutters are free of debris.

Removing an ice dam yourself is extremely dangerous. If you are in the middle of suffering through an ice dam or fear a leak is imminent, your safest option is to contact the roofing experts at SAS Services, Inc. at (800) CALL-SAS to remove and clear the ice dam before water backs up into your home and can remodel your roof to prevent future ice dams.

For over 25 years, the roofing and gutter experts of SAS Services, Inc. have been keeping homes all across Metro Detroit healthy and dry. Call the roofing and gutter specialists of SAS Services, Inc. at (800) CALL-SAS for your free estimate today!