Gutter Ice Removal Service in Portland
Why would I need gutter ice removal in Portland?
Icicles in Portland can be a beautiful thing, but they are really an indicator that your gutters are starting to fill with ice. Many times, those icicles are formed by water that has run over the top of a portion of frozen gutters. They are a key indicator for the need of gutter ice removal service.
As snow begins to melt off your roof from the heat released by your home, the water runs down your roof and into your gutters. That water flows through unmelted snow and gets colder as it moves down the roof. Often it is near freezing by the time it reaches your gutters. Your gutter systems are very susceptible to ice as they are not insulated at all. When the water gets into the gutters, it can often freeze.
Leaves or other debris in your gutters will block water under normal rains, but just add to the problem when you are dealing with ice. The blockages slow the water and make it more likely to freeze in your gutters before it has a chance to get to your downspouts. A blockage in your downspout can lead to serious damage as a full downspout on a single story home can contain more than 60 pounds of ice when full. This can lead to your gutter system being pulled away from your home. While it may not come completely off, gaps formed behind your gutters will cause areas that water can flow into.
The weight added to your gutter system by frozen water and icicles can begin to pull your gutters away from your home. This creates additional gaps that water may get into. Gutter systems are generally nailed into the roofline of your home in Portland and if they pull away, water will get into those nail holes and your home. Not every leak is a disaster, but they will all cause spotting, rot and other damage to your walls and ceilings.
Water can leach back into the facia boards, and into the soffits of your home. As it puddles there, it will begin to leak down the walls and through your ceilings. When you notice your gutters are frozen, the faster you act to clear them, the less likely you will face damage to your property. This would be time for a gutter ice removal service like The Ice Dam Crew.
Will a leaf guard or gutter guard help?
That is a common question and the answer is: Maybe.
Not all gutter covers are the same so the answer is that it simply depends on the style that you have installed. Many of these systems are designed to keep leaves out of your gutters and downspouts. They let the water flow freely into the gutters. That water can still freeze and cause problems with gutter ice that will require a gutter ice removal by a professional service company
Once the water freezes in your gutters and downspouts, there is just no place for it to go other than out of the gutter. Just like a glass of water, once your gutters are full, water will spill over. If you've ever overfilled a glass, you'll remember the water doesn't just go out one side. It goes over all the sides.
Melted snow and ice from your roof will do the same thing. It will run down the side of your home and create icicles over the gutters. But the water can also leak behind the gutter and into your soffits. Once there, it can refreeze or begin rolling down inside your home behind the siding and into your studs.
This water will begin to create mold and mildew when temperatures warm up. Your studs, siding and insulation will all be compromised as well. While the wall may not collapse right away, if the problem continues, it can create a big problem later. Using a gutter ice removal service can save you headaches now and prevent issues in the future.
Can you make the water stop running into my home?
Faster results means savings for you as well. It's not all about the old adage: "Time is money." The reality is the faster you can stop the water running into your home, the faster you can stop additional damage. If water continues to flood in, it can collapse ceilings, ruin walls and flooring and turn electronics into useless items. We guarantee that we will stop the water from coming into your home within 30 minutes of beginning work..
We use steam to clear gutter ice, unlike many other companies that use a heated pressure washer. This gives you fast results with little to no damage to your roof. Damage that could present problems in the future with damaged roofing materials or gutters leading to more ways for water to get into your home. The last thing you want to do after dealing with damage from gutter ice is to have to replace your roof.
Climbing onto a snowy/icy roof in the middle of winter any time of day or night is dangerous. This is why we want to ensure you that we are fully bonded and insured in Portland and all of Maine. We take all of the required safety measures needed to stay safe on your roof. Having a trustworthy company working on your roof is important so that is why we want to give you piece of mind with our before during and after photos and our 22+ years of experience.
Our Service Area
Proud to Serve The Following Areas:
- South Portland
- And All Areas in Between
If you need gutter ice removal beyond those areas, give us a call! We work throughout the United States and we can take care of your ice dams and the problems they are causing you.
Frequently Asked Questions about Gutter Ice Removal in Portland
1. A steamer is low pressure & a pressure washer is high pressure. This means we will not cut into your roof using a steamer and cause damage like a pressure washer would.
2. Steamers get much hotter than a pressure washer and are safer and more effective. Pressure washers use pressure to cut through the ice. This means we get done with the job faster!
3. Less water is used with a steamer so this means you save $$$ on your water bill!
The second reason Ice Dams and Gutter Ice form is from having too 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 as 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 snowfall is very beneficial in preventing ice dams.
Keeping the snow off of your roof is the best thing to do to for your roof when preventing Ice dams. Ice dams cannot 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.
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.