The Ice Dam Conundrum

The Ice Dam Conundrum

When you live in the Upper Midwest, particularly Chicago, you have to face some serious winter weather every single year. Of course, there are mild winters, much like this one, when things aren’t as bad as they could be, but, if the past is any teacher, the winter weather is going to hammer the city at some point – be it this year or next. So, it’s important for home and business owners to understand what an ice dam is and why they need to be removed as soon as they’re spotted.

Ice dams are a serious threat to your home, business, or anyone occupying the structure. They’re formed when snow and ice accumulate on your rooftop during winter storms. This accumulation, especially on flat or low-slope roofing, begins to melt the moment the sun hits it, or the building warms up enough underneath it to cause melting from the bottom. In either case, the runoff from the melt makes its way to the edge of the roof where it’s hit by cold air circulating around the home. This refreezes the melt water forming ice. As the cycle repeats itself, this ice formation grows and grows until eventually you have an ice dam on the edge of your roof.

Once the dam has formed, it halts all the melt water that makes its way to the edge of the roof and dams it into a reservoir. This freezes when the temperature drops and adds to the dam’s size and blockage of your runoff system. Worse, the dam is made of ice which is quite heavy, so the longer it builds the more strain it’s putting on your rooftop. If you want to prevent a catastrophe, you need to get professional help immediately. Seriously, going up on your roof without safety equipment and proper protocols could spell disaster. And, clearing an ice dam is much more than just pounding on it. In fact, that could cause more damage to the structure. Plus, the dam could way hundreds of pounds, so mitigating the effects of it falling from your roof are just as important as how you get up there.

Hiring a professional, like the expert snow removal specialists at Chicago Roofing Quotes, ensures that the ice dam is removed safely and without damaging your rooftop. You’re protected during the entire process by our full licensing and insurance policies, so you don’t have to worry. And, we offer our 100% satisfaction guarantee on every snow removal and ice dam removal project, so what’re you waiting for? Make the call to Chicago Roofing Quotes today (312) 522-5045 and have your snow removed safely, by professionals, and for far less than you may believe.