What Are Ice Dams?

Ice dams are common in Minnesota. It’s a phenomenon that occurs when heavy snow buildup melts during the day and freezes again at night. This is almost a daily occurrence during our spring season before the freezing weather is gone for good.

What do Ice Dams mean for my roof? Simply stated, they can be a big problem. After several days of freezing and melting, the water starts to work its way under your shingles and, if unnoticed after a period of time, it can seep into your attic and ceilings. They can tear off your gutters and loosen shingles. It can result in mold, mildew, drooping ceilings, and paint streaks, and at its worse, ruin insulation, reducing the value of your home.

You can certainly check for ice dams yourself, but you may miss signs of damage that an expert would be able to find. In the meantime:

  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts, to encourage water to flow down instead of refreezing at night.
  • Take a box fan into the attic and circulate some cold air. If you have water actively leaking in, this will slow it down until your roofing experts arrive.
  • Don’t hack away at any ice spots, or put salt on top. This could wreak more havoc than the ice dams themselves.

We handle ice dam issues for several clients in Minnesota. Our services include snow removal to prevent ice dams from forming, but if you do have an ice dam we are well equipped to remedy the situation. We can also help repair any damage the dams may have caused.