ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip provides Water Damage Restoration in DeKalb, IL and surrounding areas
February is the shortest month, which nevertheless can feel like the longest. The winter days seem to drag by in an endless drudge, with each day passing almost imperceptibly different than the day that preceded it. You could almost say time passes…glacially. Glacier is an apt metaphor, because it reminds us that there’s a silent winter phenomenon taking place right now on your roof that’s very much like a glacier on a much smaller scale: ice dams. Not only do ice dams create problems and damage the roof and exterior of your structure, they can create severe water damage inside your home or office as well. When you need water damage restoration in Sycamore, don’t hesitate to call ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip for fast and professional disaster restoration services in DeKalb, IL.
How big of an ice dam problem you may face is directly linked to how energy efficient your attic and roof are. If your attic and roof are not energy efficient, the snow that falls of the roof will melt due to heat escaping from the interior of the structure and direct sunlight upon the snow pack. This creates a thin layer of water on the shingles which will eventually work its way to the edge of the roof. When the water reaches the end of the roof line over the eaves it encounters a colder surface and tends to refreeze and stay frozen. After endless days of melting and refreezing atop the roof this glacial-like mess can create huge ice dams along the eaves and gutters.
With its path impeded by an ice dam, the melting runoff looks for other ways to follow gravity. Water will begin to back up under the shingles and infiltrate through and into the boards and layers below. Once it finds a way into the structure it continues finding a way down through ceilings or walls. Water just under outside walls will cause water damage to exterior wood, panels, shingles, paint and/or siding. Water on inside walls and ceilings will saturate everything it comes in contact with. Paint will bubble and start to peel, plaster will collapse, drywall will wrinkle and cave in and ceiling tiles crumble and fall. But this is only the obvious water damage.
Underneath all of this are the vapor barriers, insulation and building materials used to construct the home or business. Insulation that becomes wet will compress and lose its insulating properties. Boards will become saturated and long after the water dries, rot and decay will start. Even the metal fasteners used to construct the building can begin to corrode and lose integrity. And long after winter has left a new and far more lethal enemy will begin to spread everywhere the runoff touched: toxic black mold.
In the event an ice dam causes water damage to your home, you’ll want to bring in professionals as soon as possible who are capable of cleaning up and repairing the water damage and resulting harm. ServiceMaster Restoration & Cleaning Services by Skip has all the skills, materials and equipment necessary to deal with your unique water damage situation in Sycamore. We’re experts when it comes to water damage repair and water damage restoration, regardless of the water damage source.
If your home has recently experienced water damage resulting from ice dams or other reasons, and you’re in the vicinity of DeKalb, Sycamore, DeKalb and Northern LaSalle Counties of Illinois, contact ServiceMaster Restoration & Cleaning Services by Skip. Our quick and professional cleaning services can help stop a disastrous situation and eliminate an even greater mold threat from occurring in the future.