Can you remove the snow from my roof?
We spend a lot of time doing snow removal in Island Park and Idaho Falls for customers in the winter months. We know how to do it efficiently and safely. When the snow gets deep, call us at 208-240-2593.
What are ice dams?
Ice Dams are created when warm water flows down the surface of a roof and comes in contact with the colder parts of the roof and freezes. As the water on the body of the roof is warmed from beneath, due to a lack of insulation or improper ventilation, the water will run downstream to the valleys and eaves. When the water reaches those colder surfaces, it freezes and builds up, repeatedly, until it creates an ice dam. As the Ice dam grows it stops the water from flowing off the roof and pools above the ice dam. Eventually, the water backed up by the ice dam builds up and finally becomes deep enough to flow against the layering of the shingles and enter the home between shingle and paper layers.
Code compliance has tried to mitigate this by requiring ice and water barriers to be installed on the roof. Specifically, we use Ice and Water shield, which gets installed according code: It gets installed from the eave up onto the warm part of the roof which measures from the eave, directly horizontal 24" toward the house to the inside of the cold wall. While this helps, in some extreme weather areas, we still see the ice build higher than this distance and it is wise to install heat tape along those troublesome eaves, which could otherwise cause future damage to your home.
How To Spot An Ice Dam:
Because ice is typically covered by a layer of snow, it can sometimes be hard to spot the ice dam. If having trouble, we can always help find one. Unfortunately, ice dams are commonly found AFTER water is already in the house, but there are a few things to look for:
1. Excessive ice build up on eaves. If it's easy to see, sometimes you might just need an example to know what to look for, and this is the simplest one.
2. Icicles are a dead giveaway. They usually come from an ice dam, or there is usually a dam above an icicle
3. Snow only on the eaves. Often the snow will stay frozen on the bed of ice beneath it; therefore, if you have a line of snow along the bottom eave of your home, it is likely you have an ice dam.
Getting Rid of an Ice Dam
There are many people who have caused unwanted damage to a roof when dealing with ice and snow coverage. Roofs aren't really built for traffic of any kind. When someone gets up on a roof with a shovel and starts shoveling, if they don't know how or what they are doing, they can really cause problems. Excessive scarring can easily happen on the roof if an untrained person is doing the work.
At CCXteriors, we remove the excessive snow with a shovel, and then once the layers of ice are revealed, we remove them with steam. This allows a gentle removal, not lifting or tearing off the shingles. This applies to huge ice sickles as well. Because ice can be so heavy, it is important to be careful when cutting large amounts of ice off of a structure, because it can greatly damage anything below.
As Southeastern Idaho and Pocatello roofer, we take pride in ensuring your roof is safe as ice is removed. We would hate to see someone destroy one of our newly installed roofs, so we will take care not to damage yours either.