With the onset of warmer temperatures and the “continuing thaw” according to this CBS Chicago report – everyone has been busy cleaning up their homes. Homeowners in the area are rushing to clear their roofs of ice dams while concerned city departments were removing ice and snow from sewer drains and catch basins:
Chicago Water Management Department crews have been working to keep sewer drains and catch basins clear of packed snow, ice, and debris; so that water can drain properly when snow and ice begin to melt as temperatures rise. In Chicago, there are so many catch basins and storm drains to check for blockage, the city has vastly increased the number of workers checking those drains.
The report highlights the need for homeowners to pay special attention to their roofing system, which usually is one of the most affected parts of a house during blizzards and other severe weather events. Heavy snow and ice buildup are known to cause extensive damage to roofs. The article dealt with this concern as well:
With all the snow that has fallen this winter, the gutters at many buildings have become clogged with ice. That ice can end up seeping inside a building when it melts, if the downspouts on gutters are blocked, and the water has nowhere else to go. Ice dams typically are the result of improper insulation. When heat escapes a building up through the roof, it causes snow to melt, and when temperatures outside drop low enough, it freezes again, and creates an ice barrier.
Homeowners need to be made aware of the effects of ice barriers if left ignored. It is important for any concerned homeowner to seek the advice of reliable metal roofing contractors in Maine like Portsmouth Area Roofing that can go extensively into the details of explaining the causes and effects of different sources of roof damage.
Notably, the article emphasized that there is no real permanent solution to prevent ice dams from forming. However, a properly insulated roof can mitigate the effects and minimize the potential damage. A contractor for metal roofing in Maine can inform you about the effectiveness of roof insulation as well as other options you can consider.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Continuing Thaw, Thursday Rain Threaten Flooding, Roof Damage, Chicago-CBSLocal.com, February 19, 2014)