New Hampshire General Contractor
PO Box 148 Derry, NH 03038
Mon-Sat: 8:00 - 5:00

Tackling Ice Dam Removal for NH and MA

Ice dams present a very real danger once they loosen, often ripping off shingles and eaves. And imagine the damage caused when a large, heavy block of ice falls onto your gardens, landscaping, vehicles or whatever else is below your gutters.  Learn more about ice dams for and then call us. We service in and around:

  • Derry
  • Keene
  • Merrimack
  • Salem
  • Lowell MA
  • Dover NH
  • Concord 

Winter brings plenty of challenges, like dropping temperatures, dangerous road conditions and heavy storms, but another silent problem also arrives in winter -- ice dams. These blockages build up quickly on houses of any age and may create extensive damage inside your home, as well as present a very real danger outside.

Snow, sleet and rain fall on your roof to create a blanket over the shingles. Warmth comes up through the attic to melt the lower layer of snow/ice, which then trickles down the sloped shingles to your eaves, where it promptly freezes. The more often this happens, the greater the ice dam. Flat roofs build up ice dams quicker, as the moisture cannot efficiently drain off the roof, but all types of roofs and all types of houses face the danger of ice dams.

Understanding the Danger

Icicles hanging from eaves create a beautiful winter scene, but think about what’s happening behind those icicles. As the frozen blockage grows, moisture (in the form of melted snow and ice) is forced back up the roofline and against the shingles. This moisture loosens even the sturdiest shingles, creating gaps and trickling through to the interior of your home. Moisture now has a clear path into your attic and ceiling, down wall cavities and through insulation. Mold, rot and other forms of water damage soon follow.

Ice dams also present a very real danger once they loosen, often ripping off shingles and eaves. And imagine the damage caused when a large, heavy block of ice falls onto your gardens, landscaping, vehicles or whatever else is below your gutters.

Dangers of Using Common Ice Dam Removal Techniques

Call a professional once you have recognized an ice dam issue and inquire about their ice dam removal techniques. Not all removal methods are equal, and many pose the risk of further damage.

Hot water pressure washers have many uses, but avoid using this equipment on your roof. The high pressure jet of hot water creates a host of problems. Although it may remove the ice dam, this method leaves behind damaged shingles and roofing material, making your home more vulnerable to ice dam issues in the future.

Consider how well pressure washers clean up concrete, wood and other surfaces, and then consider what that equipment will do to your shingles. Sand, tar and even roofing paper can be quickly and easily removed or cut with a hot water pressure washer commonly used by companies promoting ice dam removal. Avoid hiring any contractor that plans to remove your ice dam with force (such as by chiseling or hammering the ice out in small chunks) or with a pressure washer.

Ice dam steamers provide the smartest, safest and most cost efficient method of removing ice dams from any home or building. 

Three Benefits of Using an Ice Dam Steamer

Contractors equipped with ice dam steamers are well trained. They have experience in how to handle this equipment and how to tackle your ice dams safely. Trust their expertise to do the job right the first time.

Ice dam steamers do not require hot water and come with long hoses (much longer than hot water pressure washers) to create steam at precisely the right temperature, allowing for a gentler removal process. This poses much less of a risk to anything below the ice dams, such as shrubs, trees, gardens, fences or decks.

Most importantly, using an ice dam steamer avoids damage to your shingles, gutters and all roofing material. Protect your investment by using equipment designed for safe ice dam removal, and avoid the use of hot water pressure washers to remove ice dams.

Be smart this winter season. Inspect your home for signs of ice dams and call for ice dam removal from a professional contractor using an ice dam removal steamer. Make the best of a beautiful winter by protecting the inside and ouside of your home against ice dam problems.

Be smart this winter season. Inspect your home for signs of ice dams and call for ice dam removal from a professional contractor using an ice dam removal steamer. Make the best of a beautiful winter by protecting the inside and ouside of your home against ice dam problems.

Key Benefits of hiring J&S

With J&S, the guy you hire is the guy that does the work. I will work with you, one on one, from start to finish. We are responsible and accountable for all aspects of the projects. Typically, general contractors charge 15 - 20% on top of all tradesmen that walk thru the door. If the plumber does the job for $1000.00 it costs you $1200.00. This is a unfair practice that no consumer wants to experience. We will contact you with service providers that we work closely with on all of our projects. They will work for you directly to get the job done properly for the right price. My goal is to provide the customer with the best service as possible so that you will consider us for all your home improvement needs. In today's world it is very difficult to get any service or accountability for anything. We can offer that service at a reasonable cost.

I perform and excel at all types of tasks:Kitchens, baths, decks, basements, odd jobs, handyman service, gutter cleaning, tile and wood flooring, wood floor refinishing, general contracting, roofing, period restoration, windows , doors, drywall hang and finish, siding, bulkhead replacement, maintenance, repair, flood repair, disaster service, property management, additions, garages, skylights, etc and anything else you can think of!
J&S General Contractor of Derry NH,  has built a reputation for quality work with each satisfied customer. We have over 15 years experience in Carpentry, Construction, Basement Remodeling, Tile Installation, Kitchen Remodeling, Roofing, Bathroom Renovations, Custom Handmade Furniture, and Deck Construction both composite and wood.
We are different from most contractors. Our main focus is service, accountability, and quality of work. We will take the time to pay attention to your details and co-ordinate your project at no cost to you. We will schedule all qualified service providers to accomplish any home needs.
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