Our Michigan ice dam repair services include:
-Removal of wet gypsum board, carpeting, insulation and other materials damaged by moisture and mold.
Drying and dehumidification.
Emergency roof repairs.
The experts at Select Restoration of Macomb, Oakland, Wayne Counties 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 Sterling Heights, Livonia, Dearborn and the surrounding areas of Michigan.
Causes of an Ice Dam
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:
Melting Snow. Warm air from your home leaks into the attic through places like pull-down stairs, vent fans, and even recessed lights. The warm air rises to the upper sections of your roof where it starts to melt snow.
Melt water freezes. You can’t see it, but a stream of water from the melted snow runs down the roof. When it gets to the eave, it often freezes. That’s because the eaves, which extend beyond the heated portion of your house, are typically colder than the rest of the roof. Eventually, a ridge of ice or an “ice dam” forms along the eaves.
Water collects behind the dam. As the ridge of ice builds up, it traps a pool of water. Roofs are not made to hold water, just to shed it, so some of it can back up under the shingles and leak through the sheathing to the attic floor. From there, it can work its way through to the ceilings, walls, and even the floors below.
We have the solutions to minimize 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, On-Site Specialty Cleaning & 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 Macomb, Oakland, Wayne Counties’s water damage restoration experts in Michigan, serving Farmington, Rochester, Westland, Southfield, Clinton, Warren, Sterling Heights, Livonia, Dearborn 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.