How Do Ice Dams Form in New Berlin, WI?
As snow continues to fall and build up, your roof vents will eventually become covered. Roof vents are very important to the health of our roof. These vents allow your roof to breath allowing the rising heat to escape. If the vents are blocked, your roof will continue to heat up, causing the snow to melt. You would think this would be a good thing. However, every roof has a two inch overhang that is not heated. So the run off water from the melted snow will now freeze over the two inch unheated overhang, ceating the Ice Dam. As this process continues, the ice dam builds and holds water. Once there is too much water, it can break through your roof and you now have an unwanted waterfall inside your home or walls.
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What is an Ice Dam?
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 and over your gutters. Clearing the snow off of your roof after each snow fall is very beneficial in preventing ice damming from happening.
Safely remove Ice Dams from roof in New Berlin
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.
1. If you are handy, you may wish to remove the snow on your roof. If you choose to do this, it is best to use chains for your boots, harness yourself so you do not fall, use a plastic shovel (not one with a metal tip), and always shovel towards the ground to prevent shingle damage.
2. 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.
3. Uncomfortable with removing Ice Damming along? If you need to hire a professional to remove the snow and ice from your roof, it is vital to find the right company. You will want to find a company who is Bonded and Insured and don't be afraid to ask questions to ensure they are using proper safety procedures.
Can I safely remove Ice Dams from roof?
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.
My roof is leaking. Is it because of Ice Damming?
We all know winters are tough in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Snow fall can be very frustrating and can cause unwanted Ice Damming on your roof. As snow continues fall, it causes vents to become blocked, which prevents the heat from properly venting. The heat then warms your roof and the snow melts and runs off of your roof. Water then pools at the two inch overhang and eventually freezes, covering the gutters. Water continues to pool and freeze, causing an even bigger Ice Damming.
We use only low pressure steamers that are custom made for the Ice Dam removal process. We DO NOT use hot water pressure washers like most Ice Dam Removal companies. High pressure washers can damage your roof and shingles when they blast 4000 PSI out of the tip of the hose, and they do not burn as hot as a true custom steamer. Have questions? Check out our FAQ's page to see how Ice Dam Crew steamers differ from our competitor's hot water pressure washers.
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Is there and Ice Dam Crew near me in New Berlin, WI?
Our Service Area
Proud to Serve The Following Areas:
- Black Earth
- Cottage Grove
- Cross Plains
- Fall River
- Five Points
- Fort Atkinson
- Johnson Creek
- Lake Mills
- Lake Windsor
- Maple Bluff
- Mt Vernon
- Prairie Du Sac
- Sauk City
- Silver Lake
- Sun Prairie
- West Middleton
- York Center
- New Berlin
- Whitefish Bay
If your are located outside of our map area, just let us know! We may be able to make special accommodations to take care of your Ice Damming issue!
NOTE: Fees may vary depending on how far you are outside our service area.