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February 14, 2011

Ice dams soak homeowners

The Detroit News

Michigan’s notorious freeze and thaw cycle annually creates thousands of tire eating potholes, but it can also spawn roof-wrecking ice dams.

Ice dams are created when snow on a roof melts and then refreezes in or near the gutters, eventually building and backing up under the shingles, letting water seep into the home.

“I suspect there’s going to be a lot of ice dam trouble because there’s lots of snow on roofs right now, but warmer temperatures are heading our way,” said Robert Kolodin, owner of Master Care Restoration, in Livonia. “We get a lot of ice dam work in Michigan: damaged roofs, soaked carpeting, collapsed dry walls, falling gutters and downspouts.”

Sunday’s temperatures reached the low 40s. Even warmer weather is expected this week, according to the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, which predicts a high of 46 degrees by Thursday.

In Ypsilanti, members of the Abundant Life Ministries are facing tens of thousands in damages because of an ice dam, according to “Mother” Janice Stines.

“It happened last week in a house that goes with our church,” Stines said. “An ice dam leaked water into the house and knocked off the pilot light to the furnace. With no heat, the water pipes froze and then burst.

“It messed up the floors and the walls; the carpet was like a skating rink in there and the walls were covered with ice.”

The best way to prevent ice dams is to make sure the attic of your home is well insulated, which prevents escaping warm air from melting snow on the roof.

Kolodin recommends calling professionals to remove existing dams from the roof.

“I wouldn’t recommend that anyone go up on the roof to shovel,” he said.

“That’s a good way to die. Call in the experts to do that.”

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