Ice Dam Removal | Omaha, NE | Lincoln, NE
“Ice Dam Removal the Safe Way, We Steam Them Away!
Serving the Upper Midwest
Ice dams can cause serious damage to your home by forcing water to back up underneath your shingles and into your home. We use steam to remove ice from roofs and guttering. Steam is the only method to safely remove ice without damaging your roof or gutters. Protect your roof and home from the hazards of ice dams and improper removal methods by giving us a call. We pride ourselves on our quick response. Keep in mind that damage from ice dams are costly.
What Causes Ice Dams?
Ice dams develop as water from melting snow descends down the roof and as it reaches the colder area of the roof usually over the soffit or eves it freezes and begins to develop a ridge or dam at the edge of the roof. This ridge or dam continues to grow in size as the melting snow above it continues to feed it’s growth. We’ve seen ice dams more than a foot thick. Ice dams can also quickly develop anywhere on the roof where there is metal, such as in the valleys of a roof. Some homeowners believe that ice dams develop because their gutters are full of leaves, but when it is very cold outside as soon as melting snow from the roof contacts the gutters it freezes, whether the gutters are full of debris or not.
Why Are Ice Dams A Concern?
As the name implies ice dams create a dam which captures the water flowing down the roof and causes it to pool up. As this water behind the dam begins to freeze it can seep up under the shingles or flashing and into your home causing damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, flooring and more. Preventive measures are a must to avoid costly repairs.
Removing Ice Dams
Ice dams can quickly become a liability to your home so you will want to have them removed as quickly as possible. We use industrial diesel powered ice dam removal equipment that produces super-heated hot water and steam to safely melt and cut away the ice from your gutters and roof. Some contractors use hatchets, chainsaws and salt or deicers to remove the ice but can also severely damage your home. Our method quickly and safely removes the ice. We are the most experienced local ice dam removal contractor. We have been in business for over 30 years and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
The best preventative method you can use as a homeowner to prevent or minimize ice dams is to remove their source. Removing the snow up 5 or 6 feet from the edge of the roof can greatly reduce the risk of ice dams, because it is the melting snow that forms them. Roof rakes can usually be purchased from a hardware or home improvement store. Special heating cables can be installed in the guttering and on the roof edge, but these products are not always effective at preventing ice dams. Many people believe that adding insulation and/or vents will fix their ice dam problem, but they may actually be making the problem worse. To help eliminate your ice dams permanently, visit the website link listed below for help in diagnosing and correcting the problem.