How Do Ice Dams Form in Madison, WI?
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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Many times we are asked how ice dams form? How to prevent Ice Dams from forming?
and how to make them go away in Madison, WI. Here we will go over each of those questions.
How Do Ice Dams Form in Madison, WI?
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 Madison?
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?
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.
Our Service Area
Proud to Serve The Following Wisconsin Cities:
- 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 you are experiencing issues with ice dams beyond those areas, just 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.
Emergency Ice Dam Removal in Madison WI
Non-Emergency Ice Dam Removal in Madison, WI
We are fully insured for Residential and Commercial Ice Dam Removal
Roof Snow Removal & Vent Clearing
We also remove the snow from your sidewalk, driveway and any other previously shoveled surfaces!