With the snowy winters that we have in Minnesota, ice dams are common.
Do not attempt to repair an ice dam yourself. Call a professional to check your home for any damage made from ice dams.
The Danger of Ice Dams in your gutters, can result in leaks that produce possible damage to your roof structure, foundation, mold in your insulation or damaged ceilings and walls.
An Ice Dam is a build-up of ice that traps liquid precipitation between the ice dam and a pile of snow. In this event, liquid precipitation is not able to drain off the roof. Because of the build-up, water leaks into walls and ceilings. This will allow for hazardous mold and mold spores to grow in your walls and ceilings.
Due to the inclement weather of Minnesota during the winter, ice dams are very common and one should not attempt to fix one themselves. Call us, here at Premier Home MN so we can fix your gutters properly without compromising your safety.
Pro Tip - How Ice Dams Effect Your Home
Heat from the inside of the home travels to the surface of the roof in three distinct ways, conduction, convection and radiation. Conduction is the transfer of heat from the house through the roof. Convection is where heat/ energy is carried by rising air to the roof. Finally, Radiation is the transfer of heat/energy through electromagnetic waves.
When an ice dam is built, there is air loss by convection. Through conduction, the heat transfer is through the wall, insulation and roof surface. By radiation, the higher temperatures rise and permeate the insulation warming it and then transferring it through to the roof sheath. These terms are of high importance when researching ice dams and the trouble they cause.