February is upon us which means that soon it will be snowing, raining, possibly be warm, then snowing again…hey, it’s Oklahoma!
The biggest threat to your roof this winter is by far ice dams. If you’re looking for ice dam removal in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks or Bixby Turner Roofing is here to help. But first we have a few things we think you should know about ice dams.
1. How do Ice Dams Form?
The short answer is heat. Basically what happens is that snow falls and collects on your roof. The heat from inside the house melts the snow and the water slides down the pitch of the house towards the gutters. The melted water pools near the roof edge and refreezes into ice causing the gutters to dam up. Hence the name, ice dams.
Traveler’s Insurance website has a nice little .gif that shows this process in action.
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2. What Damage Can Ice Dams Cause?
For starters it can make your roof leak. Water gets in the cracks of the exterior of the roof and works its way inside. Sometimes this can cause very subtle leaking, while other times, it can cause grab-the-pots-and-pans type of water leaking. Either way, it can cause water damage which can lead to mold and mildew…among other things. Have we mentioned how important your roof is?
3. I Need Ice Dam Removal? Now What?
We think you should call us. But don’t take our word for it; last year The Boston Globe wrote an article when the Northeast got hit with a big snow and ice storm. It included a handy little illustration from FEMA that visually showed how ice dams form, how they can be prevented and how to gauge the snow load (in weight terms) that might be sitting on top of your roof.
The article paints a clear picture of just how bad these ice dams can get and the need for ice dam removal. It also discusses the pros and cons of removing the ice yourself.
We’ve been an Oklahoma roofer for 50 years. In that time we’ve seen and heard of a lot of crazy things happening with people and their roof. This is especially true when people try to tackle a roof project on their own. As the Boston Globe article pointed out, a few cases of house fires even occurred when people attempted to remove the ice dams themselves. Yikes. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done, we’re just saying it can be very dangerous. Hiring a professional roofer like Turner really is safer and more cost effective in the long term.