Quarve Contracting
Monday 18 February 2013

Ice Dam Removal: Mpls Building Inspector Reviews What NOT To Do

Posted by at 9:00 AM

ice-dam-removalSnow and single-digit temps are still hanging around in the Twin Cities metro area, which means that some of you may have ice dams you're dealing with.  It's a common problem in snowy and cold areas such as here in Minnesota, and the methods of removing them are extensive, some okay, some unsafe, and some likely to cause damage to your roof. So what do you do in case of an ice dam?  If you've asked your friends and neighbors what they do, you've probably gotten all kinds of advice.  We've seen people up on ladders pounding away at the built-up ice with a hammer or a chisel, others using blow dryers (or worse), and most of them inflicting unintentional damage to their roofs.  What's even more concerning is the combination of a person on a ladder and ice could mean a trip to the emergency room. Reuben Saltzman, a Twin Cities building inspector who has a regular home maintenance column in the StarTribune, reviews all of what he calls "hack methods" of ice dam removal, and then makes his recommendation:  call a professional ice dam removal company. We agree.  As a roofing contractor we have a pretty good idea of what some of these "hack" methods can do to roofs, and we've had to fix the results from time to time.  It's also why we offer ice dam removal services.  And we also do emergency roof repairs for those hardy die-hard DIYer's who insist on trying one of these methods. If you've got an ice dam problem, don't ignore it, and please don't pull out your ladder to get up on your icy roof.  Give us a call - let us safely remove your ice dam and protect your roof.