Joe The “Ice Dam “ Mann has been steaming ice dams off roofs before most ice dam contractors were out of diapers. Joe has been helping homeowners stop their ice dam problems in Minnesota while many of these young whipper snappers were still trying to figure out how to get that last little bit of milk out of their bottles.
That being said, Time on the roof and in the Elements is the great teacher that sets Joe Man apart from about all the companies in the ice dam business. Not only does he have the right tools for the job (a fleet of Artic Pro Steamers), but he knows actually how to use them efficiently.
While many companies give you a great deal on their hourly price, you can rest assured you will get the best bang for your buck buy hiring a true professional ice steaming contractor like Joe. We have had customers tell Joe he did in two hours what other companies took 12-14 hours to accomplish. It’s not only having the right equipmentment to do the job, it’s having the right technique to cut the ice of the roof.
Some companies will give you a great hourly rate to melt the ice off your roof but when they show up can really milk the clock by melting every price of ice rather than just cutting the ice In large blocks and melting the chunks free from the roof so they can gently slide off the roof saving not only the shingles underneath, but saving your wallet.
Joe has shared his expertise around the country helping save home homeowners major damage from interior leaks. In 2018 he was interviewed on the Local News in Erie Pennsylvania after their record snow storm. Here is a minute long clip.
Joe the “Ice Dam” Mann Interviewed on News in 2018
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call Joe For an estimate removing ice and snow from your roof. If you get the snow off before the roof ice forms, it can help prevent a roof leak. Once an Icedam developes, it can be pretty hard to remove Without damaging the roof if you are not a pro. Hitting your roof with a hammer or sledge May break up the Ice, but the force of the hammer transfer through the ice into the shingles and can really cause some serious damage. Gentle safe steaming is the only method that will speedily remove the ice without damage to the roof.
it is true you can find guys that will use heat guns, hammer drills, blow torches and heated pressure washers, but these are very likely to damage the roof underneath. It is extremely common to have insurance companies pay to replace roofs in the spring that were damaged from improper roof snow removal techniques.
Wether you call it an Ice Dam, ice jam, or roof ice buildup we can remove it with steam.
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What is an Icedam and why is it a problem in New York?
If you came to this page you most likely are now becoming too familiar with the phrase Ice Dam and discovering how damaging they can become. Many houses in Fredonia New York are built to withstand large accumulating roof snow loads. The roof ice buildup becomes the problem however, when the large volume of snow is accompanied by subzero weather for weeks at a time.
How does cold weather form Ice Dams?
Lake effect snow can pile up quickly along the shores of Lake Erie in cities like Dunkirk and Jamestown But doesn’t usually lead to ice dam problems. The real issue is poor attic insulation. The cold weather causes many poorly insulated houses to turn the heat way up to compensate for all the heat being lost through the attic, which unfortunately is being trapped by the rooftop snow.
Snow is a great insulator and will hold the warm air in the attic, but melts the bottom layer of snow in direct contact with the shingles being warmed by the attic even in subzero weather. This is what feeds the problem of the growing icicles on the edge of the roof because the water refreezes at the edge of the roof.
If the weather remains below freeze by and icicles left untreated will begin to trap the water from the melted snow on the roof. The water may refreeze at the roof edge but over the warm attic it can stay well above freezing and become a large pool of water behind the growing ice buildup. The pooling water is not good for shingles as they are designed to shed water and when submerged the water will actually travel through the nails holding the shingles down and enter inside the house.
How do you prevent and remove an Ice Dam?
Preventing an Icedam is the best solution. Here are some steps to prevent roof ice buildup.
1. Install added insulation in the attic
2. Install heated gutter cables along the roof edge and inside the Gutters to keep them open and flowing in freezing weather conditions
3. Roof raking to help keep shingles near roof edge exposed to the sunlight which will help melt small accusations of ice along the end of the shingles.
4. Throw calcium pellets or calcium chloride in socks one the problem area of the roof.
5. If water is leaking into the house call a company to come remove the ice dam with steam. If you start pounding away with a sledgehammer or an axe on the ice it may stop the leak but often times you will need to repair or replace that section of roof in the spring. Pounding on roofs with a large sledge is very common when ice damming occurs but just think about what you are doing to the shingles and roof structure underneath. You will often see large chunks of ice come off the roof along with prices of shingles still frozen to the ice falling off. It may not be apparent until the snow melts and you see shingles littering the yard.
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Looking for Snow and Ice Dam Removal from your Roof in Champaign Illinois?
If you cam to this page most likely you are just learning about what an ice dam is. If fact you likely have never even heard the term before you notices your roof leaking outside while there is snow.
Almost every year there are roof ice buildups large enough to cause leaks into the home, due to the large icicles damming or trapping the water on the roof. it is very common on flat or low slope roofs and around the valleys.
What is an ice dam?
Icedams or as many people incorrectly pronounce it as an Ice Jam is a large formation of ice at the roofs edge that holds water on the roof and if large enough can causes the roof to leak.
Below is a picture that explains the formation of an Ice Dam
The melting snow on the roof is the source of the water forming the icicles in the gutters of your home. Poor attic insulation is the real culprit causing the snow to melt on your home when the weather is actually subzero.
If your attic is not well insulated, the heat from the living spaces leak inside the attic and causes the bottom layer of snow touching the warm shingles to melt slowly. When the melted snow reaches the area above the roof where there is no heat from living area escaping it refreezes in subzero weather. When enough ice fills your gutters and bigness to buildup on your roofs edge it can begin to trap the water on the roof.
In severe cold weather it is not uncommon to see standing water still heated from the house trapped behind the ice above the soffit or non heated space. Now Illinois is now know for much snow, especially around Champaign and Urbana, but the houses also are not build to withstand large snow loads.
Does Illinois Get Enough Snow for Icedams?
Because Southern Illinois is not know for having tremendous snow falls, there may not be much ice and water shield on the roofs edge which is designed to prevent leaking due to snow and ice.
This means it doesn’t take as large of an ice dam to cause a leak into the home. So how do you prevent ant ice dam?
Insulate the attic space
Install heat cables in a zigzag pattern along the roof edge
Rake the edge of the roof of snow. This will allow the sun to heat the shingles and melt light ice accumulation along the roofs edge
Throw calcium pellets or Socks full of calcium to melt the ice.
Do not take a Chainsaw, Chisel, or Blowtorch to get the ice off the roof, you may make a much bigger problem to your roof while stopping the current leak.
Steam Ice Dam Removal is safest method for your roof.
This method will work faster than about any other method and won’t damage your shingles. Make sure the steam is hot enough cut the ice but also needs low pressure to not damage the shingles. Heated pressure washers do not get the water hot enough to rapidly melt the ice and can end up depending more on the high pressure to get rid of the ice. This high pressure can damage the roof causing granular loss and even holes in the shingles in extreme cases.
Cites near Urbana Illinois we would like to service for roof snow removal and steam ice dam removal
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2018 is off to a crazy arctic year. Temperatures in parts of the US are colder than the arctic. Lake effect snow from Erie has buried Parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
How do I know if i have an Ice Dam?
Icicles building up on the edge of your roof and overfilling your gutters is a good indication you may have and Ice Build up occurring. This can be more than a nuisance as its not just large icicles dangling from the gutters but actually the indicate the presence of the snow melt damning behind the ice build up.
Visual guide to the development of the Ice Dam and how they occur.
The above diagram shows the process which generally takes about a week of subzero weather with the presence of significant snow accumulation on the roof. This process can take much longer if you have more attic insulation.
A poor insulated attic space causes heat to escape the home and get trapped under the snow which actually can be a better insulator than the insulation itself. Many people with poor insulation turn their thermostats hotter as the weather gets colder, causing an even more rapid heat loss though the attic. The colder it gets can cause the ice to form more rapidly because the source of the dam is the melting snow from the roof.
The snow flakes on the roof that are in direct contact with the shingles actually melt even though the temperature outside can be much colder than 32 degrees F. This cause the water from the snow melt to refreeze when it gets past the living space usually in the gutters and above the soffits. a few inches of ice accumulation along the gutter is normal but as it grows taller the water becomes trapped behind the dam.
It is possible the have large ice piled up at the edge of the roof, and just past the living space having standing water on the roof that you can dip your whole hand into. Roofs are designed to shed water not hold water and the water will actually drip into the attic and house threw the nail holes of the shingles when there is the presence of pooling water.
What should you do if you Have a Large Ice Buildup on the roof edge?
If there is a several day warm up where temperatures stay above freezing both day and night will cause the ice to either melt away or because severely brittle and thus can eliminate the problem; however if the forecast indicates no warm up soon you man need to get proactive to avoid greater problems in the future.
Tips to removal of roof ice
Rake the snow off the edges of the roof. This keeps shingles exposed so the sun can warm up the shingles and melt small accumulations of ice.
Fill socks with calcium Chloride and lay on the area of concern. This generally works more effectively than the calcium pucks but the calcium circles can be easier to install because you can pile them up in the same place or throw from the ground to the roof if you are patient. LOL.
Install heated gutter cables along the edge of the roof and in the gutters to help melt the snow when it first falls. Hint – if you already have an ice dam its probably too late.
Monitor the situation. If you notice icicles starting to drip from the soffit or running down the siding, you already have a serious problem going on and need to remove the ice ASAP. If left untreated, the first warm day will cause major leaking into the house.
Do not start banging aways with a sledgehammer, Hammer drill, Axe, chainsaw, or even a blow torch. Yes, these are pretty common to see when you do this for a living.
Safest option for your roof is Low Pressure Gentle Ice Dam Steaming.
Our low pressure high temperature steam is one the fastest ways to eliminate ice damming with out damaging the roof. It is so fast in fact, it is common for us to stop an interior leak within 20-30 minutes of our crews beginning work. There are companies that offer high pressure lower temperature ice removal at lower costs, but this can not only damage the roof but also take many times longer to remove the ice buildup.
We are offering services this 2018 season in the state of OHIO in these cities and more.
Offering steam Ice Dam and Roof snow Removal in Harborcreek and Millcreek Townships in Pennsylvania.
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This photo was taken of an ice dam hanging from a house where a giant icicle just fell and crushed a car. The car was totaled and had to be towed away.
This year has been a record year for Pennsylvania for snow fall totals in a short time, but now the cold weather is causing roof ice to form at incredible rates.
Ice Dams being Steamed off metal roof around Erie Pa In 2017
What many don’t understand is all the snow on their roof is melting and refreezing to the edge of the roof. Once the icicles get too big, the water will get trapped on the roof and start pouring into the attic and inside the walls .
How to stop an Ice Roof Leak?
Joe Mann travels the country steaming ice dams as most locals have no clue how to get rid of the ice dangling from the roof without damaging the shingles. Many people can shovel or rake their roofs but once an ice dam forms, special equipment is needed for Removal.
This is what a Hammer and Chisel can do to your roof
Use gentle safe steam to help save your roof and avoid the damage shown in photo above.
#roofsnow #icedam #PA #Erie We have traveled to Pennsylvania December of 2017 and are serving Girard, Corey, Millcreek and Harborcreek.
How to get this Ugly Black and Green stains off your shingled Roof
Sometimes an older roof really is not as old as it looks. Moss and mold can start to grow on your roof causing the roof to look very dirty and old. Often times a little roof cleaning can bring back the original color of the roof and restore the new look of the roof.
Before and after photos of a roof being cleaned.
This roof is being cleaned and is not finished yet, but you can see the dramatic difference of the roof. If you spray bleach and a mixture of water and maybe a little dish soap you can get similar results as this. The top half of the roof has been cleaned and the bottom half is before it is cleaned. The dish soap helps the bleach stick to roof a little while longer.
How to spray Bleach On your Roof for DIY roof Cleaning
It really is easy to clean a roof off with bleach. As a professional there are a lot of cleaning products on the market but most of them are much more expensive than simple bleach and are not nearly as effective as bleach and water.
Here is another photo of a roof in the middle of being cleaned by me.
As as you can see a black and dirty roof does not necessarily mean the roof is old and needs replacing, you can restore the roof with a little bit of bleach and water. We actually added a little TSP to the solution to make it a little more potent.
A very important step to the process is to make sure you add enough bleach to the solution to get good end results. If you don’t add enough bleach you will not break down the mold and black streaks enough to loosen the dirt and grime from the shingles. If you don’t break down the moss and algea enough then you will have to use more pressure to spray the dirt off the asphalt shingles which is not good for them.
Keep in mind they pour tons of Bleach in swimming pools and really is used in farms to keep inside of pipes clean for drinking water for animals. Now after the bleach solution is dried on the roof you want to use s low pressure rinse to get the black stains off the roof. Steam is a good source of low pressure rinsing agent and can help clean the roof and kill the algea. Steam also Can help reseal the shingles buy melting glue lines back together but if you don’t have a steamer use A very low pressure rinse to get the mold off your roof.
*Hint* If you have to use a lot of pressure then you may not have put a strong enough bleach solution on the roof. Keep In Mind shingle manufactures recommend cleaning shingles with bleach so it is not bad for the roof. Make sure you use an outdoor bleach which is much stronger than most household bleach and if you are worried about plants below make sure you wet them before and after spraying the roof. Also the strongest bleach you can probably buy is pool shock from a pool supply place. This is what they put in pools you swim in so how bad could it really be after it is dried? Just make sure you dilute the pool shock with water to help activate the chlorine salts.
Please feel free to comment if you have any questions or call us if you need your roof cleaned in Connecticut.
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How to Repair a cedar Deck with rotten Tongue and Grove decking boards.
If you have a deck that’s is starting to rot you may not have to replace the whole deck, you might be able to repair it.
The first step is to decide how many boards you want to repair and then mark them with a square over a floor joist. It is important to have to hue and Grove replacement board end on a floor joist so that you can screw it down when you are finished. Watch the video below explain how to cut the boards.
After you have cut the boards out you will need to measure the empty space you just cut out and make a new cedar board the same length.
We purchased the cedar deck Tongue and Grove boards at UBS in Waterford for this repair on deck built in New London Connecticut. The most important thing when installing new cedar boards is to make sure you turn them the right way when installing.
The Tongue is higher in one side than the other. Once you leave me up the Tongue and Grove then you use a hammer on a scrap peice of wood to hit the new board back into place like in this video.
Make sure to screw board into floor when finished to insure the repair will not move in future years. It also may help to predrell the holes in new decking boards before drilling to prevent cracking.
We are taking some decking boards up in ledyard Connecticut.
Its Spring 2017 and this is the time of year our phone starts to ring very heavily with calls about many types of spring projects. One of the most popular projects is deck staining in the spring.
Power Washing and Staining decks Good Maintenance
It is a good practice to stain your deck every few years. Many people think that staining a deck just keeps it looking new and often treat it as a discretionary expense. Unfortunately the often leads to a much bigger problem of premature deck wear.
Staining decks not only keeps deck looking new but more importantly it keeps the wood water impermeable which is huge for longevity of your deck. Once the stain starts to wear thin on the decking boards the water starts to enter the wood itself and in a few short years you may end up not even able to stain the deck anymore.
This is where this project come in, replacing the deck boards. The good news is you don’t have to replace the whole deck, but the bad news is its going to be much more labor intensive to replace decking boards verses staining. Keep in mind if you stain your deck every few years it will keep you from having to replace the deck boards in the first place.
Fastest way to remove decking boards and Replace for you DIY Guys.
If you found out the deck is to far worn to retain then the next best thing is to change out the decking boards. We are doing a project in Ledyard CT and thought it provided some great video of a few short tips that will save you hours on your DIY deck project.
This video covers easy tips to for removal of Pressure Treated Decking and also show safety of bending nails so you don’t step on them. Another time saver in this video is the posting new decking on floor joists while you are still removing old stained decking boards.