What is an Ice Dam?
An ice dam is ice that is built up on the edges of a roof which may cause water damage to your home’s roof, ceilings, gutters and siding.
How Do Ice Dams Form?
In the colder months, heat which escapes from your attic can cause accumulated snow to melt. As this melted water moves towards the edge of your roof, it sometimes refreezes. This melting and refreezing creates more ice which expands and form ice dams and icicles that hang from your roof and gutters that begin to penetrate under your roof and in your walls.
How Do You Remove Ice Dams?
Removing ice dams is only a temporary solution. Once the ice dams return, so will the problem.
One way to remove ice dams is to break them apart into small pieces. Another way to remove ice dams is to melt the ice with a calcium chloride ice melter.
Although these methods will not prevent new ice dams from forming. In order to prevent future ice dams you need to address the real problems.
Ice Dam Prevention with Mass Retrofit
Ice dam prevention is much more effective than trying to remove ice dams. The most effective home performance combination for preventing ice dams includes:
The stack effect causes warm air inside your home to rise and escape out through the attic. This results in cold, outdoor air being pulled in through your home’s lower levels. If your home is drafty, the stack effect is much more pronounced.
Thankfully, air sealing can help prevent your heating system from working overtime, stop running up your energy bills, increase your home comfort and prevent ice dams. By reducing the amount of hot air that leaves your home through the attic, air sealing will lower your attic’s temperature slowing the melting of snow. Air sealing is the first step in preventing ice dam formation.
Throughout your home, insulation works as the thermal barrier which slows heat transfer. By increasing your attic insulation, you’ll build upon your home’s air sealing and work towards ice dam prevention.
Keeping your home’s heat in will reduce the melting and refreezing of snow on your roof that causes ice dams.
Improving Home Comfort
Not only does air sealing and insulation prevent ice dams, but they also increase home comfort. By improving your home’s insulation and air sealing, you’ll experience a more comfortable home and stop ice dam formation for good.
The expert Energy Specialists at Mass Retrofit Energy Solutions can help prevent ice dams from forming and damaging your home. On top of stopping ice dam creation, we’ll help to keep you comfortable and save money with a home that’s energy efficient.
Contact us to schedule a consultation today.