Ice dams are a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof, usually at the eaves, preventing melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. Ice dams can cause water to back up and seep into the roof structure, leading to potential roof damage, interior water damage, and mold growth.
The first step to preventing ice damming is to make sure that your roof is properly insulated and ventilated. This will help to keep the temperature of your roof consistent, so that it won’t be susceptible to the drastic temperature changes that can lead to ice damming. You should also check to make sure that your gutters are clear of debris, as this can cause water to back up and freeze on the roof.
In addition, you should make sure that your roof is clear of snow and ice buildup. If you find that your roof has an accumulation of snow and ice, you can remove it with a roof rake. Be sure to wear gloves and take all necessary safety precautions when using a roof rake.
Finally, if your building has a flat roof, you can use heated cables to melt the ice and snow on the roof. This is a relatively inexpensive solution, and it can be done quickly and easily.
By taking the necessary steps to prevent ice damming in your residential building, you can avoid costly repairs and protect the integrity of your structure. However, if you find that you have an ice damming problem, you should contact a professional at Canada Wide Restoration to assess the situation and provide a lasting solution
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Canada Wide Restoration has highly skilled professionals who specialize in dealing with the heat transfer problem that can cause ice dams. To do this, they use a variety of methods, including a blower door test to evaluate how airtight your ceiling is and an infrared camera to identify areas of excessive heat loss. Once these areas have been identified, we then take steps to reduce the amount of heat escaping from the ceiling. Additionally, any interior damage caused by the ice dam should not be repaired until the ceilings and walls are completely dry. Doing the repairs before the moisture is gone can cause further damage. By addressing the heat transfer issue and repairing any damage, Canada Wide Restoration can help prevent future ice dam issues and keep your home comfortable.
Repair and correcting heat loss must be done together to prevent further damage from ice dams.
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