Glens Falls, NY Ice Dam Removal

How Do Ice Dams Form in New York?

There is multiple reasons why Ice Dams form on building structures. Two of the most common reasons are a lack of insulation and to much snow on your roof.

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Most times when we get large amounts of snow or as we get enough snow built up over time the snow starts to cover up your vents. These roof vents you don't think about often but they are very important. As heat rises your roof needs to breath, these vents allow your roof to do that. Now if your vents are clogged the heat has no where to go, so then it starts to heat up your roof. Once your roof heats up the snow melts, as it reaches the 2' overhang on the edge of your home that is no longer heated it now freezes. Over days of this happening ice dams get large and start to hold water. Once there is to much water it breaks through your roof and you have an unwanted waterfall inside your home or walls.
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Glens Falls is known for snowy winters and great views. Although these beautiful things can cause one great problem. Ice Dams. Most know about them but many don't, so that why The Ice Dam Crew is here to take care of the problem for you! We service Glens Falls New York for Ice Dam Removal on all buildings and structures. We are a fully bonded and insured Roof Snow & Ice Dam removal company that guarantees each and every one of our customers will be satisfied with our work.

What Makes us Different?

The Ice Dam Crew is set apart with our customer satisfaction. We do not expect you to get on your roof in the middle of winter so during the entire process pictures are taken so you can see exactly what has been accomplished.

During the removal of ice dams we cut through the ice to chunk it up for fast removal. No, the ice is not melted off the roof as this takes longer.

24/7 Service. When you call at 2:00am or 2:00pm we are your crew! No one should have to deal with a leaking roof so we guarantee to stop the leak within 30 minutes of arrival.

We use true low pressure steamers. Not hot water pressure washers. There is a huge difference between these two machines. First off, true steamers use less water, higher heat output and do not have enough pressure to cut into your roof. Pressure washers have a lot of pressure which is bad for your roof. This can cut in or even through your shingles without you even knowing. This is another great reason why you get pictures of our work once it has been completed.

Many times we are asked how ice dams form? How to prevent Ice Dams from forming?
and how to make them go away in Glens Falls NY. Here we will go over each of those questions.

How Do Ice Dams Form in Glens Falls NY?

There is two main reasons Ice dams form. Reason one is there is not enough insulation in your attic. This may cause your roof to heat up. When it is cold outside and your roof heats up this causes the bottom layer of snow to melt, once the running water reaches the overhang of your roof (Which does not heat up) it will freeze on the edge. Over time the ice will keep building up and then the water will have no place to go besides into your home and down your walls.

The second reason Ice Dams form is from having to much snow on your roof. Having a lot much snow on your roof covers your roof vents which release heat from your roof. When the snow is over your vents it acts like insulation on top of your roof keeping the heat in. In this case it acts the same way as not having enough insulation, it will heat up your roof and cause the water to freeze on the edge of your roof. Clearing the snow off of your roof after each snow fall is very beneficial in preventing ice dams.

How Do I Prevent Ice Dams From Forming in Glens Falls?

Preventing Ice Dams is much easier and more cost effective than needing to remove ice dams from your roof and possibly needing to do renovations from water damage.

Keeping the snow off of your roof is the best thing to do to for your roof when preventing Ice dams. How can ice dams form when there is no water on your roof to cause them?

Here are a few tips when removing the snow from your roof.
-If you choose to do it yourself always have safety gear when climbing onto your roof. Use chains for your boots, harness yourself so you do not fall, use a plastic shovel and not one with a metal tip and always shovel towards the ground so you do not tear shingles off of your roof.

-When using a snow rake to remove snow from your roof be sure to scrape all the way down to your shingles. Do not only remove most of the snow. When this happens the snow rake actually packs down the snow to your roof and this packed down snow turns to ice and in most cases goes up your roof much further. In most cases when this happens ice dams form the entire length of the area you shovel.

-Uncomfortable with this? If you need to hire a professional to remove the snow and ice from your roof be sure to find the right company. Check to make sure they are bonded and insured and when they are on your roof don't be afraid to ask questions to ensure safety procedures.

How Do I Make Ice Dams Go Away?

Removing ice dams in a safe way does require a professional. There is many steps in keeping yourself and your roof safe from damage. Ice Dam Removal companies charge by the hour for their services.

Bonded and insured companies typically charge 300-500 per hour. Using an Insured company is important because standing on an icy roof in the middle of winter is risky. If someone falls and gets hurt or an ice chunk falls off of your roof and damages something but you didn't make sure they were insured you could potentially be sued or have to pay out of pocket to repair any damages.

Another factor in removing ice dams in an efficient way is using the correct equipment. The Ice Dam Crew uses true low pressure steamers and not hot water pressure washers. When you hire a company you can easily find out what kind of machine they are using. All you need to do is ask to see their wand. If it has a trigger they are using a hot water pressure washer. If it does not have a trigger it is a true steamer. Hot water pressure washers do not burn as hot as a true steamer and they create much more damage because they have such a high PSI. In the case that this happens tell them to leave and hire a company with a true steamer.

The Ice Dam Crew services all of New York including Glens Falls

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