We have been getting a lot of calls lately regarding ice dams, roof leaks, and excessive icicles. We are experiencing our greatest snow fall since 1914. The large amount of snow on our roofs is causing issues that we normally don’t see in this area. A lot of what is happening is just the nature of the beast. The snow melts at the roof, runs down the roof, and has nowhere to go because the gutters are frozen solid with ice. The water is running over the gutters and forming icicles, or finding its way back under the shingles and leaking into the house.
These problems can be caused by many factors. Clogged gutters, roof damage, and insufficient insulation are some causes. If your gutters have not been cleaned in several years, be sure to get them cleaned when the snow and ice is melted before the Spring rains start. If you have roof damage from the Ivan wind event from several years ago, you need to get that repaired this year. Insufficient insulation in your attic can cause too much heat to escape from your house and melt snow at the roof under the snow pack. The water that melts this way has no place to go but into your house by backing up under the shingles.
Check with their insurance company to see if ice dams are covered in your home owners insurance policy.
There isn’t really much that can be done until all the snow and ice melts. Once it is melted, give us a call and we can help determine any corrective action you might need to help prevent these issues in the future.
Be careful of the large icicles. If they fall off the roof, they can cause an injury. I’ve seen some icicles around town that are 8 to 10 feet long. Those will be pretty heavy and will hurt someone if they fall on them.