Is Winter Finally Over??

Since winter is finally over its time to survey the damage that this long season has done.  I am talking about Ice Dams cause by sitting snow that has melted and then refrozen over and over again throughout this interminable season. Ice dams and sitting snow can cause not only damage to your roof, but also damage to your interior as moisture seeps inside and ravages your drywall.


Ice Dams

If you own an older home with poor ventilation and a warm attic, you’ve probably been dealing with ice dams after most significant snowfalls. When left untouched, ice dams can lead to all sorts of problems and issues within your home: gutters, roof, insulation, drywall, paint, mold etc. To prevent this issues from occurring you should remove ice damming whenever it occurs in the future.

Ice damming most often occurs when the heat from the attic causes the roofs’ surface temp to rise above freezing. After a heavy a heavy snowfall, the snow acts as insulation, trapping the heat, causing the snow that is closest to the roof to melt and run down the roof, creating an ice dam once the melted snow reaches an area of the roof the is not warm and refreezes (usually closest to the gutters and your outside walls).  If the ice dam is not removed the trapped water will eventually find its way into your home, causing paint and drywall damage and if left unresolved could lead to mold and mildew growth.

Drywall Damage

If ice dams are a common occurrence at your home, you may be in need of some drywall repair.  Drywall acts like a sponge to water, so once water from an ice dam gets inside your home and into your drywall you may see blistering or bubbling on the paint surface.  Mold growth and even structural damage can result from water damaged drywall left unrepaired. The following and some common clues to water damaged drywall:

  • Several surface level Blisters or bubbles
  • Damp areas on the wall
  • Warping of the wall as if it were going to collapse
  • Areas of discoloration
  • Signs of mold or fungus growth (black spots)

If you see any of these signs in your home, or if you are concerned that you may have drywall damage, call Andy onCall®.  The craftsmen at Andy onCall have the experience and expertise to deal with any marred drywall situation. Because we only use experienced and skilled craftsmen, we are confident, and you too can be confident, that it will be one call, job done.