How Do I Prevent Ice Dams from Coming Back?

small ice dam forming on roof
March 31, 2021

This past February was a bad month for ice dams in the greater Milwaukee area of Wisconsin. The weather conditions were perfect for ice buildup on rooftops, leaving homeowners scrambling to address the problem before water began leaking into their homes and causing expensive and inconvenient damage.

If you were dealing with big icicles and ice dams this winter, you’ll want to fix the issue fast so that you never have to deal with it again. Here’s what you need to know about how ice dams form and what you can to prevent them from coming back next winter.

How Ice Dam Issues Are Created

Ice dams are caused by snow on your roof melting and then refreezing. The warming shingles turn the snow to water, which then drips down your roof until colder temperatures turn it to ice, usually near the overhang. As more and more snow melts to water and turns to ice, the ice accumulates, often at the edge of your roof, creating a dam that water can’t move past to drain off the roof. When this happens, water will squeeze between your roof’s shingles, leaking into your house where it can cause problems like water damage and mold growth.

The Secret to Ice Dam Prevention

Proper ice dam removal for your Wisconsin home by professionals can be expensive, and DIY ice dam removal can pose a risk of personal injury and cause damage to your shingles and your roof. This is why it’s much better to simply prevent ice dams from forming in the first place with proper attic insulation.

Attic insulation helps your home retain heat in the winter and minimize heat loss at the very top of your home around the roofline. With the right levels of insulation, you can remove the threat of ice dams and roof damage and make your home more comfortable and energy efficient all winter long as well.

Don’t Wait—Get Help for Your Wisconsin Home Now with WHI

Wisconsin Home Improvement is your local insulation company with the building science expertise to get rid of ice dams on your roof for good. But every spring, we see homeowners put off their insulation upgrades only to find that we’re booked out with spring appointments. Getting your insulation done early, right after winter, isn’t just about being prepared well in advance for next winter—insulation can help keep your home cooler and more affordable to run your AC all summer, too!

Make winter ice dams a thing of the past for your Wisconsin home. Call 262.345.9922 or contact us today to learn more about our attic insulation and ice dam prevention services.

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