Why Steam Ice Dam Removal
Our steam ice dam removal equipment removes ice from roofs safely and efficiently. It is electrically driven (using your homes power) to create steam. Electrically driven equipment in our opinion (yes, we have used both types of equipment) is far superior to gas driven equipment. It operates at a significantly lower pressure, lower water usage and in our opinion can run at a more constant steam temp compared to most all gas equipment ( if I were to guess I would estimate that you could get about 10 minutes at best of constant steady steam out of gas equipment even with great modifications). Therefore, providing us with the ability to efficiently remove your ice dams with a much less likelyhood of damaging your roof and in a much shorter timeframe. Thus, saving you money. Why should you care about how long this process takes? Ice dam removal companies charge by the hour. In our opinion, electric driven equipment equates to higher consistent steam temps, lower pressures and therefore, less time spent on your roof.
What About The Cost Of Electricity?
You might have read that our steam equipment will consume your electricity. Costing you more money. This is more than likely just a selling point for gas operated companies. Operating our electric driven ice dam equipment will cost you less than $0.30 per hour. That is less than the cost of the excessive water (read more about water below) that many gas powered “steamers” use.
The most a 20 amp outlet ( we don’t need all 20 amps) can draw in Kilowatt hours is 2.4 kWh. As of 2019 the average cost in America of 1 kWh is about 13.9 cents per hour on average (depending on where you live) which equates to 33.36 cents per hour. As far as we understand that is the most power that can be drawn off of one 20 amp 120V outlet on your home without overloading your circuit. Our steamers don’t even require a 20Amp circuit.
What About The Water Use?
As of 2018 the average cost per gallon of water used per household in America is 2.4 cents per gallon. If an electric steam machine uses 1 gallon per minute (GPM) that is 60 gallons per hour while turning your water into steam. Therefore costing you $1.44 per hour while that machine is operating. On the other hand a gas-powered machine which will likely drink a minimum of 3 GPM will cost $4.32 per hour while likely turning that water into hot water.
Similarly to the price of electricity, the cost of water will likely be a nonfactor in your decision on who to hire for your ice dam removal. However one thing that should be considered is do you want that volume of water to be generated as a vaporized steam or as hot water? I would choose electric steam every time due to the simple fact that in a three hour period of ice dam removal I would not want that gas-powered machine that is in our opinion likely incapable of creating steam to dump all 180 gallons along with the water from melting ice onto my roof and alongside of my house. That is a lot of water that could lead to basement flooding, sidewalk frost heave and excessive icing. Icing that will no doubt suddenly melt once temperatures rise.
In Short: Choose a company that is transparent about there equipment. Consistent steam temps of 270 degrees or greater and a PSI of 200 or less is in our opinion ideal for the safest, efficient, and damage free ice dam removal.