Robert E. Crawley, CIEC

Robert E. Crawley, CIEC

Ice Dams Today – Mold Tomorrow

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The winter storms that recently rocked the Midwest were unimaginable, as a thick layer of ice shrouded every surface, followed by snow and more ice.  Consequently, many roofs experienced ice dams.  The topic of ice dams, a hazard in which many Midwesterners are not familiar, was discussed this past week in a networking meeting with our roofer. It should cause property owners to sit up and take notice, especially due to its further ramifications concerning mold and moisture in the home.

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms along the edge of a roof, creating a dam that prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. Since roofs are not generally designed for standing water, the water seeps through cracks in the roof surface and causes damage to attics, ceilings, walls, insulation, and more.  Admittedly, The IEP Group does not repair roofs or gutters. However, The IEP Group will see an increase in mold investigations in the next month or so. Why? Water infiltration results in wet building materials, creating a breeding ground for mold inside of the structure and negatively impacting the indoor air quality. Learn more about ice dams from the University of Minnesota Extension:  Additional information on preventing ice dams may be learned from This Old House:

This Public Service Announcement comes to you from The IEP Group. Look in your attic for any possible damage from the recent winter storms. Talk to your roofer and gutter teams about repairs. Ask the roofers to check for mold and call The IEP Group now to perform a Mold Investigation to protect your building and Indoor Air Quality.

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