Monday, February 9th, 2015 by Jerry Sprague
On the face of it, you may think it's pretty easy to spot an ice dam on a Boston home. After all, it's hard to miss a gigantic chunk of ice sitting at the edge of a roof. But uncovering the damage caused by those ice dams is a little trickier. Most of the time the damage is unseen, unless the ice dam has gotten to the point of causing leaks in the home. Even then, while you can easily pinpoint where the leak is, you can't always tell where the water is coming from.At GF Sprague, not only do we perform ice dam removal on Boston homes, we can identify, and often repair, areas that have been damaged by ice dams.
Ice Dam Damage
Ice dam damage comes in many forms. It's much more extensive than just the excessive weight that ice puts on the roof. The most common forms of damage from ice dams on Boston homes is:
Discovering Ice Dam Damage
Visual inspections are our first line of defense in detecting ice dams on Boston homes. Once we are up on the roof we can see exactly where the ice is forming and pushing up under the shingles or behind the gutters. Depending on the home, we may be able to get into the attic and spot more damage, but a more likely situation is that the moisture will be unseen inside the ceiling and walls.To spot unseen water damage, we use infrared guns that can identify areas of moisture. Homeowners are always extremely surprised to see just how extensive the water damage is when viewed with the infrared gun.To learn more about ice dams or ice dam removal in Boston contact us!