Ice Dams and the Damage they Can Cause to Your Home

As pretty as the snow and icicles maybe this time of year homeowners need to know the major damage they can cause to ones home. With all this cold weather and freezing rain, you must watch out for Ice Dams forming on your roof. Ice Dams can cause serious exterior and interior property damage.  Icicles hanging along the eaves of your house may look beautiful, but they spell trouble. That's because the same conditions that allow icicles to form—snow-covered roofs and freezing weather—also lead to ice dams: thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the eaves. Dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into your house. When that happens, the results aren't pretty: peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings. Not to mention soggy insulation in the attic, and then it becomes a magnet for mold and mildew. Hacking away at ice dams with a hammer, chisel, or shovel is bad for your roofing—and dangerous for you. And throwing salt on them will do more to harm to your plantings than to the ice. Atlantic Restoration and Remodeling specializes in emergency water damage and mold remediation. If you have Ice Dams and/or questions about Ice Dams and possible Water Damage contact us at 860-426-1975 


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