Snow And Ice Dam Removal+Repair
Every year, homeowners of the Berkshires are hit with the harsh reality of winter. Come spring, over 1/3 of homeowners will be in need of home restoration due to ice and water damage.
If your home as been affected this winter, Morrison’s will work closely with your insurance company pertaining to ice dam removal, repairing damages, and preventing future problems
Call the licensed and insured professional’s at Morrison’s during a snow emergency. Morrison’s will work diligently to remove hazardous snow and troublesome ice dams from your roof.
What Is An Ice Dam
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other parts of the house.
How an ice dam forms
1. Indoor heating rises through the ceiling into the attic and warms the roof surface.
2. Snow on the heated part of the roof melts and flows down until it reaches that part of roof that is below 32 degrees. Water freezes into an ice dam.
3. The dam grows as it is fed by melting snow above, but water held by the dam backs up and stays liquid.
4. Eventually, the water finds cracks in the roof covering and flows into the attic. From there it could seep through the ceiling and interior walls.
Ice Dam Removal And Water Solutions
Morrison’s also provides services to prevent future snow and ice damns
1. Properly insulate attic
Provide adequate attic insulation to reduce the transmission of heat into the attic from living spaces below.
To prevent warm, moist air in living spaces from infiltrating into the attic, Morrison’s properly insulates the space, creating a good air barrier. We assure good attic ventilation to replace warm air in the attic with cold outside air. Consult a professional for the best way to avoid ice dams and water damage in your home.
2. Installation of Roof and Gutter Deicing Heat Cables
Morrisons can install your choice of deicing cables from the most energy efficient to the most advanced cables.
Deicing cables prevent the build up of ice and ice dams by melting the snow that falls or melts to the edge of the roof.
What NOT To Do
Do not routinely remove snow from the roof. It will likely lead to shingle damage.
Do not attempt to “chip away” the ice of an ice dam. It will likely lead to shingle damage.
Do not install mechanical equipment or water heaters in attics, especially in cold climates.
Do not use salt or calcium chloride to melt snow on a roof. These chemicals are very corrosive and can shorten the life of metal gutters, downspouts and flashings.
Runoff that contains high concentrations of these chemicals can damage nearby grass and plants.
Keeping the gutters clean of leaves will not reduce the occurrence of ice dams. However, clean gutters can keep them from overflowing and spilling rainwater next to the house. This can cause moisture problems in the house.
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