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Cold weather can lead to ice dams which may result in water damage

“The following description of how ice dams form is provided by the U.S. Government’s Energy Star Program: Ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures. Warm air inside your home leaks into the attic and will warm the underside of the roof causing snow and ice on the roof to melt. The melted water will drain along the roof, under the snow, until it reaches the cold overhang. The overhang tends to be at the same temperature as the outdoors and the melted water will refreeze and form an ice dam and icicles. The ice dam can cause damage to the roof, which will result in water leaks to the inside.

Ice dams that do result in water damage to a home or building often leave behind more than just water stains on ceilings and walls, this moisture can also result in mold growth. Even if the mold is in an attic, ceiling or wall cavity, it could create indoor air quality (IAQ) issues for building occupants. If enough damage has taken place that walls or ceilings need to be repaired, property owners should also be aware of other potential hazards such as lead-based paints and vermiculite insulation that often contains asbestos. These materials should be tested before they are disturbed so the necessary safety precautions can be put in place to protect people from exposure hazards.

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With over a month left before the arrival of spring, there is still plenty of time for freezing temperatures to wreak havoc in the Minneapolis metro area. As described above, ice dams can cause many problems if they are left unattended. Always be mindful of your gutters and clear them out after a heavy snowfall.

If your home has been hit with water damage or mold, call the experts at Bauer Restoration. We can be reached at 507-333-9838 or visit our water damage page for more information.