What’s up, Water Damage Denver friends. I hope you’re all super, super happy and getting into the Christmas spirit. We’ve got a couple of weeks left before Christmas is here, which is crazy. I feel like, uh, the typical stuff that’s set every year kinda drives me crazy. Oh, Christmas came so soon. Oh, the holidays are here. Can’t believe it’s just, they were just here. That stuff sort of wears on me. I don’t, I don’t like the hyperbole. I don’t like those token statements that are so cliche to me, but I gotta be honest this year. It, uh, it seems kind of like that. So not to be too hypocritical, but can’t believe the holidays are already here. I think it has something to do with the fact that Thanksgiving was probably, I think a week later this year, however, the calendar fell. So perhaps that makes it feel just a little more crunched than usual.

We’ve actually had a nice string of pretty mild days here in the Denver Metro area. However, um, this year has been interesting as far as our weather patterns. We had our first snow in October, which isn’t all that unusual, but that storm just happened to be a pretty significant one. I had quite a bit of moisture content. Um, quite a bit of accumulation, kind of a pain, um, to deal with, which it’s never super fun. I mean it’s beautiful but presents some, some challenges, but you know, I’m sure we’ll be enjoying it in spring and summer with the runoff and, um, you know, it’s always good to have a ton of snow, especially up in the high country to have a great snowpack and have, you know, hopefully, plenty of water. Um, Colorado provides a lot of water both to this state but also to many, many States around us. So that part will be great about six months from now or so. But um, you know, when it’s super snowy and super cold, it can get a little annoying and a little challenging.

We do a lot of service work. We’re not a full-service restoration company. We do not, as of right now do the rebuild on projects, but we do offer Water Damage Denver, uh, service mitigation, demolition, that sort of thing. Uh, mold services, anything far fire or smoke loss related, but this time of year, pretty obvious thing to say. But with these cold temperatures and with the potential for heavy, heavy storms, um, we’re doing all, we’re concentrating heavily on the water damage Denver side of things. So, um, the dynamic today that I was going to quickly speak about is what is commonly referred as ice damming. And that’s not, uh, standing outside and saying, damn, you damn you to your gutters for any certain reason except for that you might actually do that if you do have ice damming going up, going on up on your roof and gutters and experiencing moisture inside your home.

So let me throw out kind of a very vague and generic description of what ice damming is and um, you know, there’s ways definitely prevent against it. So we’ll talk about what it is, how we can prevent it and how we can spring to action and get your furry friends over it. Bigfoot restoration and repair involved. If you do experience the effects of ice damming. So we’ve got an illustration up on line Facebook. I’m not exactly sure where, where else, but it’s, it’s a little picture that very, very accurately describes what and how I standing occurs. So I’m not going to, um, try to step-by-step remember exactly how it occurs. I am not a roofer. I don’t pretend to remember every single thing of how this stuff goes. But the fact of the matter is when we’re involved, it’s at the point where it already has occurred and where the damage has been done and it’s wet inside the home.

And we need to figure out a way to um, kind of isolate what exactly has happened, but also get everything dried out so we’re not there to fix a roof. We’re not there to, um, you know, necessarily do anything other than, um, tear out drywall, tear out, anything else that’s affected that is deemed non salvageable. But anything that is salvageable, we want to dry it out and get it restored as quickly as possible so things can be rebuilt and people can get back to their lives as soon as possible. But in this illustration, if you know what I’m talking about or you want to look it up or see for yourself, you’ll see that, um, it’s fairly simple. You’ve got a snowfall, you’ve got build up on the roof, and then you’ve got the dynamics of how everything melts and how the temperatures can fluctuate and maybe cause some melting but then freezing back up.

 

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And you know, that’s, that’s kind of the case here in Water Damage Denver sometimes is you’ll have some snowfall, you’ll have some cold temperatures, but more often than not in, in, in Denver Metro area, you know, we don’t have incredibly long cold streaks. It’s pretty rare if we have more than like two or three or four days of just super cold weather in a row, it happens. But it’s super infrequent. So most of the time you’ll have a, a storm and it might be hanging around pretty aggressively for a day or maybe two. But then you get back into some pretty mild temperatures. And even if you don’t get that temperature up a bunch, at least the sun’s out during the day, more often than not. And you’ll start to get a little bit of melting just based off the dynamics and of the sun. But when you only have a relatively small amount of space for that water to go down to the gutter and then find the downspout, um, a lot of potential moisture and a lot of potential snow or ice that’s going to turn into a liquid form wants to go into the exact same spot. So might melt a little, but then it freezes right back up when the sun goes down and it gets kind of cold, pretty cold for the duration of the night. And then all the way till the next morning, depending on when the sun gets up and start, you know, maybe the temperatures warmer that day or, or whatever it is, it’s a day by day.

It’s so again, if you go on and see this illustration, it’ll show you exactly how the ice damming occurs and can kind of freeze ride along the roofline and you have major build up and back up and it starts to creep back up under the roofing material and get into your attic, your crawl space, your insulation, and then inevitably potentially down to the drywall and your ceiling, your walls, your crown molding, your trim, potentially even on onto your flooring. So, um, again, something that can do quite a bit of damage and quite a bit of harm and a pretty short amount of time. Um, we’ve dealt with a good handful of these already this year, wrapping up a couple right now. Um, remember a couple of pretty

legitimate ones from last, last season. And so did these people help roofs that were just shot and in horrible shape or you know, something was massively wrong with them or their gutters weren’t installed correctly or downspouts weren’t cleaned out? No. You know, there wasn’t a definitive factor in any of these jobs. I would say. Oh yeah, this is what you, you know, you should have attended to. You should’ve had your roof fixed. You ha you should’ve had your gutters cleaned out. This wouldn’t happen. It’s not necessarily the case. Um, because of the way this ice damage can occur. What you can do that, I don’t see how this wouldn’t ever fail is you can run [inaudible]

um, that product, you can buy it any kind of home Depot type store, Lowe’s, whatever, that you can install on your roof shingles and in your gutters and in your downspouts. That just provides a small amount of heat trace that will not allow that ice, that heavy heavy snow pack to form right there. And it’s going to, you know, allow any, any sort of ice or snow that gets down anywhere near that area to go ahead and melt and to find its way down to the gutters and downspouts just like you want it to. So that would be our recommendation for how to prepare against that. The only other way that you really could is to legitimately like, um, have some sort of, you know, and I’ve seen devices on roofs, I think they install it right along with the shingles to not allow ice to form or to make snow slide off easier, um, and not build up. Usually, you see those more on commercial properties than you do on residential. But, um, the only other thing would be to like physically get up there and keep knocking it down, which that’s not safe nor real realistic anyway. So, um,

and again,

it’s not typically something that we have to worry about all that often just the way our, our weather is and how much the sun is out here. Um, I think we’re at something like two, typically 290 some odd days, close to 300 days of sunshine a year. So way, way, way more days that the sun is out and things are halfway pleasant than the nuns. So, um, you know, it just depends on what it’s worth to you to invest and to protect yourself from even the potential of water damage Denver occurring in your home. Um, or if you’d rather just kind of roll the dice and if it does happen, certainly big foot restoration should be your contractor of choice to get in and to uh, put together a scope for you, give you our professional opinion and uh, proceed with drying your material out and um, getting you back to normal everyday life as soon as possible.

So ice, ice baby, this time of year is just a song you want to listen to, not something you want to look up at your roof and see a lot. And so crank the vanilla ice. Keep the ice and snow off your roof. Stay away from my stamps. Do not be outside, verbally abusing your roof and your gutters. Your neighbors will think you’re nuts and you may get, um, the authorities called on you. So, um, reach out to us if you have any questions. 70 zero, five, seven, five foot, we will be happy to help. We will always be happy to, to be a good resource in any way we can. So we certainly hope none of these things happen to you, but if they do, we want to be the one to help you out. You stay safe till next time we’ll talk to you.