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What You Should Know About Ice Dams

Ice dams are easy to spot, but finding damage caused by them can be more tricky. Oftentimes, the damage caused by ice dams remains undetected until a major leak develops in your home. Even then, identifying the source of the leak can still be difficult.

What You Should Know About Ice Dams

In this post, trusted roofing company Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co.​ discusses the different types of damage caused by ice dams. We also share a few tips on preventing ice dams.

How Ice Dams Can Damage Your Home

Below are the most common forms of damage caused by ice dams:

  • Water Damage – When ice backs up under the roofing and comes in contact with warm air from inside the home, it melts. The water could then reach and cause damage to ceilings, walls, insulation and floors.
  • Roof Damage – When ice gets under the shingles, they can get damaged or torn off. This further exposes the roof to water and other elements, increasing the risk of damage.
  • Mold – When water sits on your roof for extended periods, this can cause mold to develop and cling on various roofing components and your attic.
  • Exterior Damage – Soffits, fascia, eaves, siding and gutters can suffer from water damage if ice dams aren’t removed soon enough.

How to Prevent Ice Dams

If you suspect that ice dams have compromised your roofing system, it’s best to talk to a roofer ASAP.

To prevent ice dams, follow these simple tips:

  • Make sure your ceiling and roof insulation meet the state code requirements.
  • Ensure that a continuous and effective air barrier is installed through your ceiling. Air should not leak from the indoor living spaces into the attic. 
  • Avoid improper roof designs as well as recessed lights and heating ducts in the attic. These can increase the risk of ice dams.
  • Make sure your roof and attic are properly ventilated.

Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co.​ is an established company specializing in residential and commercial roofing services. From roof repair to roof replacement, our crew can ensure excellent workmanship. Call us at (781) 826-7663 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote.

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