Rid Your Home of Ice Dams
You may love the magical appearance of twinkling icicles hanging from the eaves of your home, but these formations are more ominous than they appear. Icicles on your roof are signs of dangerous ice dams. Minnesota weather brings plenty of snow and freezing temperatures that can lead to ice dams and potential water damage to your home or business.
What Causes Ice Damming?
A well-insulated and properly ventilated attic will allow even heating throughout and cause your roof to shed water normally during cold seasons. Poor ventilation and uneven heating cause heat to rise toward the apex of the roof, leaving the eaves cold. As the warmer roof section melts accumulated snow, this water runs down toward the roof’s edge. Air leaks along the eaves cause water to freeze when it reaches this point, causing ice dams.
Ice damming gets progressively worse over time. More melted snow runs down over the ice, forming even more ice and larger, heavier and more potentially damaging ice dams. The dams prevent water runoff, so the water follows the path of least resistance and runs wherever it can, including underneath roofing materials and along the interior structures of your home, causing:
- Wet or sagging ceilings
- Ruined insulation
- Bubbling wall paint or plaster
- Sagging floors
- Much more…
If you notice these or other signs of water damage in your home in Minneapolis-St. Paul or surrounding communities, ice damming could be the main problem.