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Why Is Steaming the Best Way to Get Rid of Ice Dams?

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Ice dams are difficult to remove, especially on your own. There may be different ways to address the problem. But if you don’t have the right tools or skills, your roof may only get damaged in the process.

 Get Rid of Ice Dams

Fortunately, there is a method called steaming, which is a safe way to remove ice dams. 

What Is Ice Dam Steaming?

Ice dam steaming is the fastest and safest way to get rid of ice dams. It involves converting cold water from your roof and gutters into low-pressure steam and controlling the steam spray through a nozzle to melt ice dams. 

According to roof repair experts, this approach is widely recommended because low-pressure steam cannot cut through roofing materials, preventing the roof and gutters from getting damaged during ice dam removal. Compared to a hot pressure washer that could potentially remove granules from your shingles, this process is safer for your shingles.

What Causes Ice Dams?

People often assume that ice dams are caused by snow during the winter months. However, other factors also contribute to the formation of ice dams. These include the following:

  • Air leakage in the attic
  • Fluctuating outdoor temperatures
  • Snow and ice accumulation
  • Sun or heat exposure
  • Uneven heating of the home’s interior
  • Wind exposure

While some of these things may be difficult to avoid, roofing experts note that improving your attic insulation can make a big difference in preventing ice dams.

Interested in steaming to get rid of ice dams in your roof? Choose only reputable roofing contractors like Neumann Construction to handle the job! We are a GAF-Certified company specializing in lake houses, cabins and other residential projects. Call us at (218) 270-0009, or complete our online form for a free, no-obligation quote.