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An ice dam is a build-up of ice that forms most often on the edge of a roof and keeps meltwater or rain from running off. An ice dam can also form around roof vents, plumbing vents, dormers, skylights, valleys and flashings.
Source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
What are signs of an ice dam?
1. Icicles are hanging at the edge of roof or at gutter line.
2. Water is dripping or ice is visible on siding or other exterior surfaces of home.
3. Water drips under the soffits or icicles are visible.
4. Signs of leaking inside the house (for example a bulge in the ceiling).
Ideally steps would be taken to help avoid this issue in the first place. This is one reason why having the gutters cleaned and checked professionally before winter is important. See link below:
When shoud the ice dam be taken care of?
How will PMG Maintenance remove the ice dams?
All other methods including the following are NOT recommended:
-Impact method (trying to break up the ice with a hammer, axe, sledgehammer and other striking tools or random objects).
-Cutting method (trying to remove chunks of ice with a chainsaw).
-Chemical method (trying to melt the dam using salt or calcium products).
-Hot water/ Wet steam method (trying to melt the dam by pouring hot water or using a hot water pressure washer).
All of these methods are inadequate as they are dangerous and/or inefficient and could cause more headaches while wasting precious time.
Underneath the ice are your roof, your eavesthroughing, and other important and delicate surfaces of your home in which you have invested thousands of dollars.
We at PMG Maintenance believe the proper tools should be used for the job at hand.
Using dry steam, PMG Maintenance can remove ice from almost any surface where it is causing issues. This includes sloped or flat roofs, balconies, frozen gates, stairs, around skylights etc.
Dry steam is a steam which contains less than 7% water.
This is what makes it ideal to remove ice dams very efficiently while being the safest of all methods.
Dry steam will NOT damage a roof while removing an ice dam.
PMG Maintenance specializes in removal of roof snow and ice dams.
For your protection and peace of mind:
-We own a 2,000 000$ liability insurance, covering roof snow removal and ice dam removal specifically.
-Our workers are covered by CNESST/WHMIS.
-We use dry steam to remove ice dams safely and efficiently.
-We use the proper safety equipment and work under rope and harness while on the roof.
-We provide a written quote, invoice and receipt.
PMG Maintenance owns a 2,000,000$ liability insurance policy.
All workers are covered by worker's compensation CNESST.
Residential and commercial.