Ice Dams Massachusetts
Ice dams in Massachusetts are a common winter occurrence if you have lived in New England for any length of time. You have probably either experienced or seen ice dams on the roofs of houses and buildings, maybe even your own roof. If you see ice along the bottom edge of your roof you know that you have an ice dam. Gutters and down spouts can be a solid block of ice with icicles hanging sometimes 2 or 3 feet long.
As a general contractor in Massachusetts for over 35 years, I have seen this scenario play out more times than I want to remember. A customer calls me in a panic saying that they have water leaking into their house from an ice dam. What should I do? The short answer is to chisel slots into the ice to let the water escape. This process can be dangerous, time consuming, and destructive to the roofing material below.
The long answer is not always the easy one. I know that excessive heat buildup at the bottom edge of the roof is the cause, but I can’t always see how much damage has been done or how many years this has been happening.
These problems often go unnoticed for years until a drip or stain occurs. The real frustration is assessing how much structure and insulation behind walls or ceilings has been compromised. How much moisture has traveled under a roof and floor or behind walls to other areas? Has this now caused a mold or mildew problem?
Infrared Thermography is used as a predictive building maintenance inspection and diagnostic technique that is currently recognized worldwide as a highly effective non-destructive testing tool. At Infrared New England, we recognize that detecting and analyzing problems before something costly or catastrophic happens is your primary goal. Our ability to see more than just a thermal anomaly gives you the power to act, instead of react to problems that are exposed.
Infrared scans give you the best advantage by using high resolution visual output infrared cameras to detect and pinpoint deficiencies in homes, commercial, industrial and institutional building facilities. Finding the source of a water leak that can lead to mold and mildew and is often associated with moisture or detecting air leaks due to missing or faulty insulation are just a few of the benefits of thermal imaging and infrared scans provide.
Thermal imaging is without a doubt, the single most important technology currently used in the Residential and Commercial sectors for diagnostic inspections of ice dams. Thermography, or heat-sensitive IR photography known as infrared photography, can reveal these and many other serious issues that cannot be seen by the naked eye or with conventional or digital photography. Our high-resolution infrared cameras enable us to detect extremely small but crucial heat patterns from one area of a structure to another. Heat patterns can be the number one cause of ice dams.
So if your home or business has icicles hanging off its roof, or if you have ice backing up from the edge of your roof you may have a bigger problem than you think. A thermal imaging scan will help you find the real reason for your ice build up and help uncover any other issues that have resulted from having ice dams in Massachusetts.
Gerald T. Brady has over 35 years of building and construction experience. This combined with his Level III Thermography Certification and Building Science training, makes Gerry one of the most sought after experts in the field.
For more information call 508-728-1099 or visit http://www.infrarednewengland.com or watch our videos at http://www.youtube.com/infrarednewengland for more ice dam and thermal imaging insights.
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