Much like last year, we are again experiencing a freeze-thaw cycle and this is expected to continue for several more weeks.
A Freeze-Thaw Cycle can Lead To Ice Dams
Snow and ice on your roof can melt during higher daytime temperatures, then freeze at night when temperatures drop below 32 degrees – the freezing point. This is referred to as a Freeze-Thaw cycle. You may notice more icicles forming from your roofline during such cycles. Not all icicles indicate the existence of an ice dam. Some icicles can be a natural result of a freeze-thaw cycle and the result of slower melting ice or snow.
What Causes Ice Dams
A warm attic is the leading cause of ice dams. Heat from living spaces can rise into the attic. This heated air warms your roof causing snow or ice above to melt too rapidly. Rapid melting water flows to gutters where it then freezes, blocking further drainage and causing what is commonly referred to as an “ice dam”. Ice dams can lead to serious damage to your roof and structural elements of your property. Click here to learn more>
Fast Melting Ice & Snow
If you notice ice (or snow) rapidly melting and forming icicles from your roofline and gutters we recommend you conduct a closer inspection of your gutters. If you are noticing ice build-up in your gutter that may block water drainage, you have a potential problem. You should then inspect your attic where the roof meets exterior walls, especially near were you noticed any frozen over gutters. Look for moisture or frost on wood or other surfaces including insulation.
How to prevent ice dams from Freezing Rain & Snow
Keeping your attic cool during winter is the best, if not the only way to prevent ice dams. There are a number of reasons why your attic is warm in winter including, air leaks, poor insulation, or insufficient attic ventilation.
Freeze-Thaw Conditions In Our Forecast
For the next several weeks, based on the current weather forecast, we are expecting mix precipitation and rapid temperature variations here Chicagoland. So keep an eye on your gutters and roof.
Don’t Put Off The Problem
If you know you have ice dams, don’t put the problem off. By waiting, the damage will only get worse and more expensive to repair.
We Can Help!
Call us for a free assessment of your situation today at 630.830.3870.