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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ice Dams

Did you know Advanced Restoration repairs roofs and homes, damaged by ice dams? Ice dams are formed on slanted roofs. Poor insulation causes heat to escape from the house, melting snow on the roof. The resultant water travels down to the overhang where it refreezes above the eave of the roof. This is an area that lacks heat. The formed ice creates a buildup or dam. Water cannot escape past this ice blockage, and therefore accumulates on the roof, eventually making its way beneath the shingles and may leak through into the house.

There are ways to prevent ice dams. Clean out all debris that has collected in the rain gutter, allowing water flow to be efficient. Clear ice and snow from gutters and down spouts. Reevaluate the insulation and ventilation in your attic. Do not use a blowtorch on your roof to melt ice; your home may catch on fire.

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