Ice Damming and Gutter Damage
Ice Damming can be Destructive to a Home
In Illinois, ice damming is a major concern, resulting in recurring gutter replacement year after year. And unfortunately, many insurance policies won’t cover ice dams and the resulting damage.
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety provides a good description of how ice damming occurs:
When heat from the interior of a house with a sloped roof escapes into the attic space, it warms the underside of the roof. Meanwhile, the roof eave outside the heated space remains a colder temperature. As snow accumulates on the rooftop, it melts over the warmer portion of the attic and the melted water runs down the roof. When it encounters the cold edge of the roof it refreezes. The refrozen water along the roof edge creates an “ice damming” condition, and consequently, the melted snow running down the roof begins to back up underneath the roof shingles. This water will soak the roof sheathing and can eventually leak into your ceiling of the living space.
Because Pro Energy Consultants uses infrared cameras as part of the energy audit, we can ‘see’ areas of extreme temperature differentials and missing insulation that are contributing factors to ice dam formations. The infrared photos are included in your energy audit report, and are a great tool to show any contractor or tradesman you might hire for improvements.
You know the old adage: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” A Pro Energy Consultants audit can save you the time, hassle and expense of costly repairs tomorrow. Contact us, or call (630) 770-4994 today, to learn more about how we can prevent ice and gutter damage to your home.
“Ice dams are a sign of heat loss. Pro Energy Consultants will pinpoint the specific areas of concern, ensuring repairs are effective.”
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