Ice Dam and Icicle Correction
Icicles may be pretty, but they can be a real headache: ice dams can cause thousands of dollars in structural and cosmetic damages and preventing them may be easier than you think. Need Ice Dam and Icicle Correction? Call the Experts at Better World Builders (269) 383-7862!
What Is an Ice Dam?
Ice dams are caused by warm air escaping through air leaks from your Portage, MI, area home to your roof. The warm air melts the snow on your roof, which then drips down to the edge of the roof until it reaches the point just above the exterior wall and freezes again.
As this process continues, this ice builds up until it begins to creep underneath shingles, melt once again, and drips into your home. This can add up to tens of thousands of dollars in remediation costs—your roof may even need to be replaced.
Drywall may need to be replaced and repainted, mold may build up in your walls, flooring, carpets and furniture can be damaged, and rotten wood may pose structural risks.
What Causes an Ice Dam?
Under normal circumstances, gutters and downspouts are in place on a home to ensure water runoff from the roof makes its way down and away from the house. However, during the winter months, snow accumulation on the roof may melt over surfaces of the roof that are warmed by an underlying attic, drip down to the end of the roof, and then refreeze in areas where there is less surface warmth, like gutters and overhangs.
Eventually, a block of ice may form over the gutter or at the edge of it, preventing further roof runoff from properly draining. All it takes is a little trickle of melted snow to pool up and leak back under the roofing shingles and into the home to cause severe structural damage to your roof, home and can cause even worse problems like mold formation. This is why prevention is so important.
Better World Builders' Process
Our process begins with a comprehensive Home Performance Energy Audit, which pinpoints deficiencies in your Portage, MI, area home’s thermal envelope by using an infrared scanner and blower door test simultaneously to identify air leaks and insufficient insulation. When corrected with air sealing and insulation improvements by Better World Builders, you can be sure that your home will remain ice dam-free for decades to come.