If you’re bundling up in a warm coat and a scarf, that means frozen weather is right around the corner here in the Twin Cities metro area. In the northern section of our great nation, frozen winter weather is a fact of life, and this year is going to be an especially cold one. While snow and ice are beautiful, it can create problems for your home, especially when it comes to your gutter system. Thankfully, all of these problems are easily resolved if you address them early to prevent as much damage as possible.
At The Construction Group in Woodbury, we offer ice dam removal services and storm damage inspections to help protect your home. In this blog entry, our professional ice dam removal team talks about what happens when gutters freeze and how we can help you deal with any damage they might cause.
What Causes Ice Dams to Form
An ice dam forms due to the process of water melting and refreezing on your roof. Typically, your home will end up with lots of winter precipitation like snow or ice on your roof. But the heat from your attic can eventually cause the precipitation to melt, which means water will begin to flow into your gutter system. Once it reaches your eaves or gutter system, that water can end up freezing again, and water will not be able to continue draining. This can reroute water to your roof, where it can cause serious damage. This process can end up causing problems with your siding, roof, and foundation.
How Water Affects Your Home
When standing water has nowhere to go on your roof, it can end up soaking underneath your roofing shingles and running through your attic.
These are just a sampling of the types of damage that frozen rain gutters can cause:
Mold is one of the worst problems that homeowners may have to face. Any amount of moisture inside your home creates a welcome breeding ground for mold growth. And once mold starts to take root in your home, it can damage your walls, furnishings, carpet, and anything else it touches. Worse, mold can frequently lead to serious health problems from minor respiratory issues to severe neurological issues. And mold remediation can be extremely costly.
Attic insulation doesn’t do well when it’s exposed to water, especially if the exposure occurs over a long period of time. Like almost everything else in your home, insulation is extremely vulnerable to mold growth. But it can also easily lose its insulating properties once it becomes wet. If your insulation has become wet, you should have it replaced as soon as possible.
The underlayment and structural materials beneath your roof can become susceptible to rot once the wood is exposed to water. Any wood structure that begins to rot is no longer structurally sound and represents a serious safety hazard, especially when exposed to strong winds or winter weather. If you suspect your roof has become wet underneath the shingles, it’s important to schedule a thorough roof inspection with a roof repair contractor at The Construction Group.
Frozen rain gutters are vulnerable to damage. The material isn’t built to withstand the expansion and contraction your gutters are exposed to when they freeze, and the joints and seams are especially vulnerable. The material also becomes more susceptible to rust as water backs up above the frozen gutter.
Once water from your roof gets inside your home, it can lead to a number of problems. Inside your home, this moisture can cause your walls and ceiling to become stained or lead to sheetrock damage. The longer standing water sits on your roof, the more likely you are to end up with costly damage.
There’s a reason rain gutters drain away from your home rather than directly down to the ground. That’s because draining down near the foundation can actually cause structural damage to the concrete. As the earth around your foundation becomes wet, this leads to cracking and weakening in the foundation that can cause your home to settle. Over time, the cumulative effect of this premature settling will be visible in doors that don’t close, warped flooring, and cracks in the walls.
Look for these signs that you’ve got frozen rain gutter problems:
● Icicles on your roof
● Stains on your siding
● Damaged gutter joints
● Water leaking through the ceiling
● Water pooling on the ground around your home
Ice Dam Removal and Repair
Although ice dams can cause many problems if you don’t address them, they can be easily removed by a professional home contractor. Engineers use a special tool to clear gutters. We employ an insulated heating core specifically designed to melt your frozen gutters. It works similarly to an electric blanket, but instead of keeping you warm and cozy, it clears gutters. Once your gutter is thawed, a preventative salt application can be used to make sure your gutters continue to flow as they were intended to.
Contact Our Twin Cities Gutter Experts Today!
If you’re concerned about frozen gutters, we can help. Our professional rain gutter repair team can also help you assess the functionality of your current gutter system and address any damage elements that need to be replaced.
We also offer complete storm damage repair services for when those winter storms hit this year. Connect with our gutter contractor team at The Construction Group at 651-731-5857 or contact us for a free quote.
To get a free quote on steel siding replacement services, contact The Construction Group in Woodbury today at 651-731-5857. Or contact us on the web to discuss siding solutions for your home.