Minneapolis, MN Ice Dam Prevention Company
Ice Dams Removed not only specializes in Minneapolis, MN and Nationwide ice dam removal, but also Ice Dam Prevention in Minneapolis, MN and the Twin Cities as well. We can inspect your home and perform upgrades in order to ensure that ice dams will not cause damage to your MN home in the future. Below are some of the problems and solutions for MN homes that typically fall victim to ice dams in MN, Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities area.
MN Ice Dam Problem – Attic Insulation Requirements Have Not Been Met
We see many homes that do not meet the suggested guidelines to fend off ice dams in MN. These homes are typically built before 1999. For homes in Minnesota, the minimum attic insulation level required to provide a sufficient level of insulation in your home is recommended at R – 49 (16.5″ settled insulation thickness). In some cases like in older homes or homes with crawl space attics and vaulted ceilings, it isn’t possible to get to the R-49 insulation values. These MN and Twin Cities homes in particular are susceptible to having ice dam problems. For hard to reach attic insulation installation contact us or another reputable insulation company.
Ice Dam Solution
Increasing the insulation in your home will not only help to prevent ice dams, but it will also reduce your heating and cooling bills! Ice Dams removed can inspect your attic for free to determine the level of insulation you have. If it is not sufficient, we can than install the proper amount of insulation to ensure your MN home is left ice dam free with reduced energy costs!
MN Ice Dam Problem – Holes, Cracks and Air Leaks
Many homes contain small holes, cracks and air leaks called attic air penetrations between the conditioned living space and the attic. Some homes have ductwork in the attic such as bathroom fan exhaust, kitchen exhaust or even ducting to and from the furnace. Un-insulated air ducts, attic air penetrations and poor attic insulation create inconsistent roof temperatures. Think of your ceilings, lighting fixtures(especially can lights) top plates of wall framing, attic access doors, plumbing vents and chimneys as a hot air vacuum that is robbing your house of warm air and distributing it into your attic. Warm roof temperatures are the biggest cause of ice dams in MN, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Twin City homes.
Ice Dam Solution
A Ice Dams Removed technician will identify any holes, cracks or air drafts and seal them using our expanding foam materials. Attic access doors can be problem areas as well. It is a good idea to make sure they are insulated properly, weather stripped and or sealed shut to prevent any air drafting.
MN Ice Dam Problem – Improper Attic Ventilation
If your Twin Cities home has soffit vents (small vents underneath the overhangs of the roof eave line) that help bring the cold air inside the attic, and the ridge vent that circulates warmer air out of the attic you may be on the right track. If your attic does not have ridge vents, it is probable that there are gable vents, a window like vented opening on gable walls of the attic. Also installation of attic air chutes (like in the picture above) allow fresh air to enter your attic in the winter time leading to a more consistent roof temperature.
Ice Dam Solution
It may be necessary to add or expand the size of the vents in order to provide sufficient attic ventilation.
If you are unsure whether your MN home is equipped to fend off ice dams, let us inspect and fix your home for you.
Contact Ice Dams Removed for Ice Dam Prevention.
Our MN Ice Dam Prevention areas include but are not limited to:
Minnesota, Minneapolis Ice Dam Prevention Services, Duluth Ice Dam Services, St. Paul, Twin Cities Ice Dam Services and surrounding areas, Brooklyn Park Ice Dam Services, St. Louis Park Ice Dam Services, St. Cloud Ice Dam Services, Stillwater ice dam company, Rochester ice dam removal and Anoka Ice Dam Services.