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Ice Dam Repairs in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland Area

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Indiana is known for it's cold, snowy winters. The combination of heavy snow and subfreezing temperatures create ideal conditions for ice dams to form.

  • Removal of gypsum board, carpeting, insulation and other materials damaged by moisture and mold.
  • Drying and dehumidification.
  • Emergency roof repairs.
The experts at Stash Property Restoration of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana can repair damage caused by ice dams, including roof and gutter damage and water damage inside of your home. Call or email us to schedule an estimate for water damage restoration in Lake Station, Portage, Chesterton and the surrounding areas of Indiana.
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Ice Damming Explanation Stash Property Restoration

Two types of damage. An ice dam that forms along the eave can cause water damage due to leaks through the roofing material. The ice buildup can also damage gutters and fascia boards.

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Causes of an Ice Dam

Ice dams form when there’s snow on your roof, but a few other things must happen before they can cause damage. They include the following:

  • Melting Snow: Warm air from your home leaks into the attic through places like pull-down stairs, vent fans, and even recessed lights. The warm air rises to the upper sections of your roof where it starts to melt snow.
  • Melted water freezes: You can’t see it, but a stream of water from the melted snow runs down the roof. When it gets to the eave, it often freezes. That’s because the eaves, which extend beyond the heated portion of your house, are typically colder than the rest of the roof. Eventually, a ridge of ice or an “ice dam” forms along the eaves.
  • Water collects behind the dam: As the ridge of ice builds up, it traps a pool of water. Roofs are not made to hold water, just to shed it, so some of it can back up under the shingles and leak through the sheathing to the attic floor. From there, it can work its way through to the ceilings, walls, and even the floors below.

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A gutter filled with ice and weighted by heavy icicles (see photo) can cause:

  • Injuries from falling icicles: Icicles can cause serious injury if they break loose and fall on a person. This sometimes happens when a homeowner attempts to knock them off the house.
  • Damaged gutters: A gutter weighed down by ice can break free of the eave and become a twisted mess.
  • Broken roof shingles. Freezing and thawing of water soaked shingles can cause them to break and fail. Attempts to remove ice may also damage shingles.
  • Wet, damaged insulation. Insulation looses it ability to resist heat flow once it has become soaked with water due to an ice dam leak. As insulation becomes ineffective, the frequency of ice dams grows.
  • Interior water damage. Ice dams can cause damage that ranges from stained walls and ceilings to ruined carpets, floors and furnishings. Left unattended, water-soaked materials can quickly begin to grow mold.

Know the signs. Icicles may look pretty and seem like part of winter, but they are a strong indicator of ice dams.

We have the solutions to minimize ice damming

When it comes to water damage restorations, repairs, and clean up, one common issue is roof ice damming. Ice dams along the eaves can result in interior water damage and ruined insulation.

To prevent ice dams from forming on your roof, it's important to remove as much snow as possible. This typically involves the risky task of climbing onto the roof and manually shoveling off the snow. However, a safer alternative is to use long-handled snow rakes to rake the snow from the roof.

If ice dams have already formed and water is entering your house, Stash Property Restoration offers emergency flood repairs to minimize water damage. Our services also include the removal of moisture-damaged materials like carpeting and wallboard.

Contact us for a free estimate to repair any water damage caused by ice dams. As water damage restoration experts serving the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas, including Gary, South Bend, Valparaiso, Cicero, Orland Park, Lemont, Berwyn, Portage, Lake Station, Chesterton, and nearby locations, we have the expertise to handle your restoration needs.

For a long-term solution to ice damming, we can air seal large air leaks and upgrade insulation materials as necessary. This helps maintain a cold enough temperature in your attic, preventing snow on the shingles and rooftop from melting and forming ice dams. By eliminating melting snow on cold days, the likelihood of ice dams is significantly reduced. The snow will naturally melt and drain harmlessly down the roof on the next warm day.

Keep your home protected and looking great with your local contractor today

At Stash Property Restoration, we care about keeping your home looking and functioning the way it's supposed to. Whether you need anything from a small roof repair to a complete disaster restoration, we will be there for you with quality products, skilled craftsmanship, and fantastic customer service.

To learn more about our services and get a free estimate, call or email us today! We proudly serve in Portage, Chesterton, Valparaiso, Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Michigan City, Hammond, Highland, Munster, Schererville and throughout the surrounding areas.

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