Icebergs in Colorado? Well, not really icebergs, per se, but Ice Dams, nonetheless! And they do much more damage to buildings in Colorado than icebergs! And, much like icebergs, it’s what you don’t see than can hurt you!
Ice dams are ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof or around drains and prevent melting snow from draining off your roof. The water that backs up behind this ice dam can leak into the building and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas. Additionally, when the roof doesn’t drain properly, snow, ice and water remains trapped on the roof, adding loads that put your roof at greater risk of collapse. Sometimes the ice dam forms a giant column on the side of a building, that can be extremely dangerous not only to your building but to your clients, customers and their property as well.
Ice Dams form when the accumulated snow on a roof starts melting it runs down underneath the snow until it reaches a “colder” section like the soffits, valleys or in gutters where it begins to freeze again, this process of thawing and refreezing is what causes an ice dam.
Properly removing an ice dam can be quite dangerous if you don’t know how. Hitting the ice dams with a hammer is a common practice but, in the end, will cause more damage as the ice dam is “stuck” to something – like the roof or gutter! We strongly advise against thehack-a-teer approach. Did you know that a gallon of ice weighs about 8.35 lbs and a cubic foot block of ice weighs about 57 lbs! So any amount of falling ice can cause a lot of problems.
The best way to remove an existing ice dam is with STEAM. We have six (6) different specially designed trucks with steam heat capability.
With our special steam process, we can safely and securely remove any Ice Dam that you may have.
We are available 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week to handle any emergency you may have.
Just give us a call at 303-499-6722.
Ice Dam from downspout
Roof and Gutter Ice Dam