Snow & Ice Dam Removal Services for Rochester Area Home Owners
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Minnesota’s 1st Choice provides ice dam removal services. As you are shopping for a solution to your ice dam problems, it is best to understand what causes an ice dam in the first place so you are educated about the problem, the solution and who best to choose to help resolve the situation. Choosing the wrong company can be a costly error. If done wrong, the ice dam removal services you purchase could harm your roof, leading to more problems. That’s another advantage of choosing Minnesota’s 1st Choice because we are also roofing experts and know full well how to protect your roof in winter as well as any other time of year.
Snow Removal Services for Your Roof
Generally snow does not need to be removed your roof. But if you have ice dam issues, snow removal from your roof is part of the process. If you have a flat roof or porch area, it may make sense to have snow removed to alleviate the weight of the snow out of an abundance of caution. Snow melting and refreezing can increase the weight on your roof and could lead to structural problems for your home or business. Other advantages of removing snow from your roof are…
Top Reasons to Get Snow Off Your Roof
- Ice dam removal & gutter protection
- Ventilation — keep your attic and roof functioning properly
- Furnace, Sewer pipe is clear — prevent CO2, methane dangers
- Weight – avoid structural damage
How Much Does it Cost for Ice Dam Removal?
Generally ice dam removal is done at an hourly rate. There are warning signs that you should be aware of as it relates to pricing ice dam services.
It’s not cheap! Ice dam removal is hard work and needs to be done right in order to solve the problem and protect your roof and home from water damage. Plus…it’s dangerous. Anytime you get up on a roof there are safety concerns. Add snow and ice to the mix and even more dangerous. Therefore, don’t go for the lowest priced provider of ice dam removal services. Choose by experience and reputation as well as covered by liability insurance. Don’t hire contractors or companies that do ice dam removal part time. You also need the right method and machinery to remove the ice dam. Steam removal is the best way to remove ice dams. Avoid hot water treatment…that will only cause more water to surround your home and potentially damage your home as well as create ice around your home. Salt is also another method to avoid. Make sure you know the method to remove the ice dam before you choose a contractor.
Avoid These Ice Dam Removal Methods
- How water pressure treatment
- Salt treatment
- Using picks, axes, etc.
It’s very difficult to provide a firm quote prior to the start of the work. Ice dam removal requires the removal of snow from your roof. So a quality service provide would not provide a firm estimate before they started the job. Once the snow is removed from your roof, the full extent of the ice dam problem is revealed and from there a better idea of the estimated time to fix and therefore ballpark cost can be provided.
How Do I Prevent Ice Dams?
As part of our ice dam removal process, we will look for sources of your ice dam build-up. Ice dams start based on how well your attic is insulated. If there is heat loss from inside your home into the attic via gaps and cracks around light fixtures, plumbing, chimneys, etc. you will have ice dam issues. Is your attic insulated well enough? Generally you need 12 to 14 inches of attic insulation. Is your roof and soffit vent system working properly? Proper attic ventilation allows colder air in and flushing warmer air out of the attic.
What Are the Signs I Have an Ice Dam Problem?
Two main signs your home is susceptible to ice dams are:
- Warm spots on your roof
Although pretty, icicles indicate heat loss. Enough heat is coming from the roof but the outside temperatures are cold enough to refreeze. Get this looked at and fixed.
Warm spots are easy to spot. If your roof is evenly covered with snow, your roof is doing its job. If there are bare spots on the roof, that’s a sign of heat loss and just like with the icicles, that will lead to melting and then refreezing.
Are Ice Dams Covered by Home Insurance?
The removal of ice dams are generally not covered by home owner’s insurance. However, you should review your policy for what it does and does not cover regarding ice dams and overall insulation.
Contact Us for Ice Dam Removal Services
Make sure your home’s roof is functioning properly during the winter months. Contact us today by calling (507) 216-6371 or completing our on-line quote request form.