Ice Dam Removal and Prevention

Do you have a problem with ice dams?  Did a new stain appear on your ceiling?  Has your roof sprung a leak?  If so, call Daggett Builders, Inc  207 354 6177.   We have an Artic Steamer and can help you!

Steaming Away a 30' Tall Icicle

Steaming Away a 30′ Tall Icicle

Ice Dams hold back water which, if held there long enough, will eventually find its way into your home. Ice and Water Shield and similar products help buy you time but they do not make your roof waterproof. A roof is designed to shed water not to hold it like a swimming pool. The safest way to remove an ice dam is with a special steamer and Daggett Builders, Inc has one. This is not a pressure washer or a steamer that is used to clean vehicles, this is a product designed specifically to remove ice dams. Click here for more information.

The old fashioned method of removing ice is with a hammer and pick but unless the person doing it is extremely careful, it can damage your roof.  You can remove ice with salt too but that isn’t very healthy for your plants.

Steaming the ice out of a gutter on a metal roof

Steaming the ice out of a gutter on a metal roof

Removing an Ice Dam the Old Fashioned Way

Removing an Ice Dam the Old Fashioned Way

Above are two photos of the same roof.  The top photo shows Christopher gently removing the snow with a plastic shovel and then with a telescoping plastic roof rake.  This is a good practice.

The next photo shows Chris steaming the ice dam out of the gutter.

A clear gutter after steaming is now ready for heat tape

A clear gutter after steaming is now ready for heat tape

Now that the gutter on this metal roof has been cleared of ice and snow a heat tape can be installed to prevent another ice dam.

Removing icicles with a steamer

Removing icicles with a steamer

Our steamer removes dangerous icicles without damaging your roof.

Once the ice and excess snow is gone, call Daggett Builders, Inc to talk about how we can help you minimize your ice dam problem.   If you are thinking of building a new house, call  us.  After nearly 30 years of remodeling, building new, and doing property management we have seen every design flaw there is.  It is always the little things that drive people crazy in the long run and water intrusion isn’t such a little thing.   Look at the Grand Canyon!  We can help you analyze your plans to double check the drainage planes and point out potential problem areas.

Chris Robinson Steaming Ice Dams & Wearing a Stainless Retractable Safety Harness

Chris Robinson Steaming Ice Dams & Wearing a Stainless Retractable Safety Harness

Want to learn more about ice dams?  Check out this website from a builder in MN.  He does a fabulous job of educating his clients.  We consulted with him before deciding to go ahead and order a steamer of our own.  It is something we have wanted to do for years but have held back because of the cost.  However, it is far cheaper to prevent a problem than it is to repair damage.

Don’t delay! Contact us today! (207 354 6177)