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With the frigid snowy winters that we have in the Denver, Colorado area, ice dams are common. You should not attempt to repair an ice dam yourself. Always call a professional to check your home for any damage resulting from ice dams.

Ice dams in your gutters create dangerous conditions that result in leaks. Leaking gutters can damage your roof, foundation, ceilings, and walls. Furthermore, those leaks can also create the perfect conditions for the growth of mold spores in the insulation of both the walls and ceilings of your home, creating a home health hazard for you and your loved ones.

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a buildup of ice that traps precipitation between the ice dam and a pile of snow. In this event, melted precipitation is not able
to drain off the roof via your rain gutters. Because of the build-up, water overflows the gutters and leaks into your home’s interior. This leaking creates the perfect conditions for hazardous mold and mold spores to grow inside the walls and ceiling of your home. Due to the inclement weather of the Denver area, ice dams are quite common. However,t due to the nature of how and when they form, ice dams should only be cleared by trained professionals with the proper tools and safety equipment. If you are concerned that you may have ice dams in your home’s gutters, call us today at Legacy Gutters. We can fix your gutters properly and efficiently without compromising your safety.

How Ice Dams Affect Your Home

Heat from the inside of the home travels to the surface of the roof in three ways:  conduction, convection and radiation. Conduction is the transfer of heat from the house through the structures and surfaces of the roof. Convection is where heat/ energy is carried by rising air to the roof area. Finally, radiation is the transfer of heat/energy through electromagnetic waves. When an ice dam forms, there is air loss by convection, preventing the ice formed in your gutters from melting. Through conduction, the heat transfer is through the wall, insulation and roof surface, but it does not evenly heat your gutters, allowing the ice dams to remain solid while fresh snow and rain melts and overflows onto the surface of your roof. By radiation, the higher temperatures rise and permeate the insulation warming it and then transferring it through to the roof sheath, which keeps ice forming on the roof, but does nothing to eliminate the formation of ice dams. Understanding how ice dams affect and are affected by your home’s heating system is essential to researching ice dams and the costly long-term damage they cause.
Contact the experienced professionals here at  Legacy Gutters Denver for all of your guttering maintenance and repair needs. We guarantee that we can keep your gutters clean, clear, and working efficiently so they can provide you with many years of dependable service.