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Ice Dam Problems in Omaha, NE

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Diagram of an ice dam Ice Dams can form easily and cause much damage

After the last winter storm came through the Omaha, NE area, we received several calls about water damage due to ice dams.

Ice dams can form when heat from the attic melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still frozen ice.  When the trapped water cannot run safely into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the building's interior, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.

If you see icicles forming on your roof's edges, you might have an ice dam.  Inside the building, you should check for water stains or moisture in the attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls.  Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.

Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done with heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melt.

If you experience water damage, call the SERVPRO of Sarpy County team of trusted professionals at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.

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