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Mahoning County Ice Dams

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

image of large ice dam hanging over roof of a home The perfect recipe for an ice dam is when outside air temperatures are in the low 20s (°F) for several days with several inches of snow on the roof.

The cold weather is coming. And residents of West Mahoning County know all too well about ice and snow.

But have you ever heard of the term “ice dam”? And is this something Ohioans need to worry about?

An “ice dam” is likely to occur when the temperature in your attic is above freezing. But not for long…the melted ice runs down the roof and hits the colder eaves, it then refreezes creating an “ice dam.” If this cycle repeats over several days, the freezing snowmelt builds up and forms a dam of ice, behind which water pools up into large puddles, or "ponds". The ponding water can then back up under the roof covering and leak into the attic or along exterior walls.

The perfect recipe for an ice dam is when outside air temperatures are in the low 20s (°F) for several days with several inches of snow on the roof. Ohio has seen mild winters the last few years, but this is not to be taken lightly by homeowners, since Ohio is known to drop into the low 20s and below.

According to State Farm Insurance…here are the warning signs to look for when an ice dams are starting.

  • sagging ridgeline
  • drooping ceilings
  • water leaks on interior walls and ceilings
  • jammed doors
  • cracked interior walls near the center of your home
  • creaking sounds

When a large storm hits Youngstown, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is there to help our residents and businesses with their water damaged properties. If recent storms have caused flooding from an ice dam or other water damage, our highly trained technicians are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond immediately to flood or water damage of any size. We have the training, expertise, and experience to properly clean, restore, and rebuild your home quickly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our local technicians will closely monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is put back to normal. Our staff of professional and knowledgeable personnel in construction will guarantee your home is put back together so that it will truly look "Like it never even happened." Throughout the entire process, our staff will be right there to answer any questions or to alleviate any concerns that you may have.

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