Ice Dam Removal Service

By Robert Robillard on Home Maintenance

Ice Dam Problem

Ice Dam Removal Service

  • Ice Dam Removal
  • Concord MA only
  • Roof Raking
  • Roof shoveling
  • Call ROB at 617-799-1971

Ice Dam Prevention Tip:

Remove snow from your roof after every storm.  To begin with, use a roof rake to clear snow from the edge of your roof upwards of three to four feet immediately after each storm.

What Is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof, usually at the gutters or soffit, with water pooling behind it. This water has the potential to leak into your home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas.

What Causes Ice Dams?

Ice dams are caused by the combination of heavy snowfall, improper attic ventilation and or insulation. This results in the snow on your roof to melting, even when the outside temperature is well below freezing. When the first layer of snow on your roof starts melting, it runs down your roof underneath colder layers until it reaches an unwarmed section like soffits, valleys or gutters. It then begins to freeze again. This process of thawing and refreezing is what causes an ice dam.  The melted water then backs up and finds ways to get into your home.

Removing Snow From the Roofs Edge

Removing snow from the roof will eliminate the main ingredient necessary for the formation of another ice dam. Use a roof rake or a push broom, remove the snow by carefully pulling it down the slope of the roof line. If necessary, carefully chip a channel through the ice dam so the water will be able to drain off the roof.

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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