ice dam houseWater Damage Caused by Ice Dams 

The New England winter of 2021 saw an above-average snowfall. Combined with artic temperatures, this created the perfect atmosphere for ice dams to form. What is an ice dam? Ice dams are a buildup of ice on the edge of a building's roof, usually at the gutter or soffit. You'll notice icicles hanging off the eaves in many cases with a thick horizontal wall of ice. Ice dams form when the air in the attic is warmer than the soffits of the roof. The warm attic air melts the snow on the roof causing water to run down to the overhang. The air here is colder, causing the water to refreeze. Over time, this happens again and again until there is a thick buildup of ice trapping the water behind it. The real problem is when the edges of the roof are blocked by ice, there is nowhere for the melted water to go but back up into the house causing water damage to your home.

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You can see the ice dam formed in the corner of this home's roof

Signs of Ice Dam Water Damage

Homeowners will often notice water dripping inside from a window or ceiling. Additional signs of water damage from an ice dam are bubbling paint, water stains on the walls or ceiling, and cracking drywall, plaster, or moldings. Many times, the area may look dry, but when you remove the drywall, we find that the insulation is wet and damaged.

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These images are just a few of the homes we found to have bubbling paint, cracked molding, and drywall staining the ceiling from ice dams

Restoring Water Damage Caused by Ice Dams

We use our expertise and specialty tools to detect wet areas. Our mitigation team is trained and certified by the IICRC to evaluate and determine the correct course of action for your home. Don't let a general contractor tell you it will be fine and the building materials will dry out on their own. This puts you at risk for mold growth and a reduction in insulation performance. 

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Our inspections revealed high moisture readings and dripping insulation even when the drywall appears dry

Our technicians removed the wet materials, cleaned the affected areas, and sanitized them to prevent mold growth. Drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers are placed to complete the drying process. We monitor the equipment and drying progress with daily readings to ensure your home meets industry standards. In some cases, we were able to save the property's hardwood flooring using our specialty extraction mat drying equipment. 

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Learn more about how to prevent ice dams from forming next winter. If you do find yourself faced with water damage in your home, we can help. Our team is available 24/7/365 for all your disaster restoration needs. Contact us anytime at 800-865-5157.