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Safe Snow & Ice Dam Removal Service by Superior Remodelers in Newtown, CT

What causes ice dams?

Ice dams are usually caused by heavy snowfall and improper ventilation in the attic. This causes some areas of your attic to be warmer than others; then the snow begins to melt, even when the outside temperature is well below freezing. When the accumulated snow on your roof starts melting, it runs down your roof underneath the snow until it reaches a "colder" section like the eaves, overhangs, soffits, valleys, or in gutters; then it begins to freeze again, as this process of thawing and refreezing is what causes an ice dam.

Cleaning the gutters on your home can help prevent ice dams from occurring as quickly but they can still occur if the conditions are right. The gutters will be just as cold as it is outside and, in some cases, full of frozen debris. So even if you don't have a soffit for the water to refreeze on, the melted water will most likely refreeze when flowing into the gutters.

How can I remove an existing ice dam?

Properly removing an ice dam can be quite dangerous if you don't know how.

WARNING!

Performing ice dam removal is risking severe personal injury and damage to the roof if not done properly. Never walk on a snow-covered roof; and make sure that if you are using a ladder, you follow the proper safety procedures.

We highly suggest contacting professionals with the proper equipment and roofing experience to carry out this job.

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An infographic explaining what an ice dam is.

Ice dams are a major cause of home damage in cold-weather climates. They can dump gallons of water into your walls, through your ceilings, and onto your floors. Insulation, drywall, furnishings, and window treatments can all be damaged or destroyed.

Because of our years of experience, we at Superior Remodelers know the right way to clear your roof. We are also fully licensed and insured. Get in touch with us today!