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. Water inside your home can cause your wood to deteriorate or rot and lead to mold and mildew infiltration. The longer standing water sits on your roof, the more likely you are to end up with costly damage.


Any of these signs may indicate a problem:


●        Icicles on your roof

●        Stains on your siding

●        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 Contractor Services 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.