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The Dangers of Ice Dams and How to Reduce the Risk of Them Forming

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The Dangers of Ice Dams and How to Reduce the Risk of Them Forming

In the winter, it’s not just the drafts in your home that may have you thinking about insulation, it may be the potential for ice dams developing on your roof. Ice dams can be a reason to be concerned about how much air your home is losing through its roof, but beyond just the added cost, there’s the issue of all the problems and dangers that can arise due to the presence of ice dams.

First of all, the cause of an ice dam is due to escaping heat from your home warming the roof, causing ice or snow to melt, which then freezes again as it cools off at the eaves. As the ice builds up, it prevents further water from draining, which can then cause water leakage into the attic and damage ceilings. 

Not only are there dangers of damage to the interior of your home, but you can risk mold growth, due to moisture buildup. In addition, your roof shingles are at risk of being damaged, as water backs up underneath them.

Finally, there is the external danger that ice dams present. The risk of icicles, or even an eavestrough, falling on a family member or pet, due to the weight of the ice dam, is not worth allowing them to develop.

How can you help to reduce the probability of ice dams developing? One way is by insulating your attic space and the rest of your home with Icynene spray foam insulation. Spray foam has the ability to air seal any space that it is applied to, which means your home won’t allow warm air to escape through your roof. This can help reduce the risk of the dangers associated with the formation of ice dams.

Find a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to discover more reasons to choose Icynene.

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