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Ice dams can be a potentially serious problem.

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ice dams can be a potentially serious problem. Ice dams can cause trouble to your home both on the interior and exterior.

Don't let the pretty look of a winter scene fool you- the icicles coming off of the house with snow around the bushes of the house.  Although it is an attempt of a Norman Rockwell painting, in actuality, it can be a disaster and costly expense.  Ice dams form when warmer air melts snow on the roof into water that is dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can back flow under the roof’s shingles and into the structures interior areas.

There are several common locations for ice dams to appear.  Look for them in the following areas:

1.  The edge of your roof.

2.  The gutter.  Remember, ice dams as little as one inch thick can cause big problems.

3.  Behind the gutter on the fascia. 

4.  Through the soffit vents or through the soffit itself.

5.  On the siding or exterior wall surface.

6,  Inside the home.  Look for areas on the ceiling, windows, or door frames where the leaked in.

If you see water damage to your ceiling areas, often times in the deep cold spells, it can be a result of an ice dam.  Should this occur, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help.  We can have our trained service team come out and access the situation.  We are able to dry out the interior of your home and repair other damages that may have been caused as a result of it.  Please contact our office at (320) 248-5400.  We are available 24/7 and always here to help!

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