Ice Dams Are More Than a Nuisance — They Are Also Costly
Icicles are one of the most iconic signs of winter in Fort Collins. A house with an array of icicles hanging from the roof has a certain type of charm to it. Unfortunately, icicles are a sign of a dangerous problem; ice dams. These dangerous winter obstacles can seriously damage your home.
What Are Ice Dams?
Ice dams are one of the primary winter threats to a home, along with frozen pipes and insulation issues. They are essentially large sheets of ice that build up on your roof. Heat from your home escapes through the roof and melts the snow. The water from the melted snow flows to lower areas of the roof, where the temperature is cooler. The water then freezes, creating a ridge of ice along the edge of the roof. This usually happens to the home itself, but with a garage heater, it can also happen to a garage.
How is an ice dam a threat? Primarily, the warm water that builds up behind an ice dam causes damage. Water, when it freezes, expands underneath your shingles. This damages your roof and opens an entry point into your attic. Water can seep inside your home, leading to mold and rot you might not notice for years.
Fixing and Preventing Ice Dams
There are a number of ways to deal with existing ice dams, as well as a few ways to help prevent them in the future. Ideally, you should remove snow from your roof before it can melt and freeze into an ice dam. Never attempt to rip an ice dam off of your roof. This can damage your roof and cause injuries. Installing better insulation and ventilation in your roof this spring will help prevent future ice buildup on your roof.
To learn more about ice on your roof, the problems it can cause and professional solutions, contact Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning today. Our trained staff will assist you with any questions you may have and can schedule you an appointment for a consultation or emergency service. Our Fort Collins office is standing by.