How to Prevent Ice Dam Buildup and Roof Leaks in the Winter

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How to Prevent Ice Dam Buildup and Roof Leaks in the winter in cary il

The roof of your home is one of the vulnerable areas during harsh winters, as ice can buildup and cause significant leaking and water damage.

ServiceMaster Kwik Restore is here to share a few tips on how to prevent ice dam buildup and rook leaks during the winter time in the Illinois and Wisconsin regions.

What is an Ice Dam?How to Prevent Ice Dam Buildup and Roof Leaks in the winter in cary il

An ice dam is a block of ice that forms along the eaves (the overhanging portions) of your roof.

This solid ice creates a dam effect for melting snow, resulting in a growing reservoir of water on your roof.

These ice dams can also damage your roof, gutters, and shingles with their sheer weight.

How to Prevent Ice Dams

The most proactive way to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof is to properly ventilate your attic or uppermost floor.

If your attic or upper floor allows too much heat to transfer to the surface of the roof, the under layer of snow will melt and contribute to ice dams forming.

To reduce the heat transfer from your attic or upper floor to the roof, you will want to:

  • Increase ventilation
  • Install more insulation
  • Seal any potential air leaks

All of these fixes address the causes of unwanted heat sources affecting your roof.

How to Deal with an Ice Dam

If an ice dam has already formed on the eaves of your roof, you can alleviate the situation with a well placed sock!

The Sock Method

Fill a large sock or pantyhose with rock salt and throw it on top of the roof so it lands perpendicular atop the ice dam.

As the rock salt in the sock causes the surrounding ice and snow to melt, it will create a channel for water to flow to your gutters or off the roof.

Avoid hammering or raking off the ice dam as this can cause major damage to your roof!

Contact a Disaster Restoration Team

If your roof has suffered major water damage or collapse due to ice dams and melting snow this winter, be sure to contact a disaster restoration service as soon as possible.

ServiceMaster Kwik Restore is available 24/7 to respond to water damage emergencies this winter in the Cary, IL or Milwaukee, WI areas.

Call us at 888 SM-KWIK1 for a fast response to your winter water damage emergency.