Even Our President Has Ice Damning Issues!

Even Our President Has Ice Damning Issues!
Earlier this year, we posted a blog, “Why Do Ice Dams Cause Mold Problems?” because this issue has become a serious problem in Saskatchewan. Since insurance covers ice damning problems, we have been informed that many claims are being submitted to insurance companies.
Interestingly, our President, James C. Watson, is having similar issues at his home. The first clue of a problem is simply by doing a visual inspection on the outside of the home. As you see from the picture of James’ home below, icicles are forming on the edge of the roof. Another strong indication of a problem is the fact that you see ice building up on top of the lower edge of the roof. Ice dams as little as 1″ thick can cause big problems. Since James suspected there may be problem, he decided to call a professional and get thermal imaging done.

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Thermal Imaging, also known as Infrared Thermagrophy, are visual displays of the amount of infrared energy emitted, transmitted, and reflected by an object. Thermal imaging involves the use of high tech cameras that create pictures of heat rather than light. When used in a situation where there is suspected water intrusion, these cameras help find areas that are not clearly visible to the naked eye.
Thermal imaging will not detect mold, but will detect temperature variations behind a wall to assist in finding cold spots that may indicate a potential moisture or water intrusion issue. Once an area of potential concern is found, moisture meters can then be used to confirm if there is in fact moisture behind a wall. If a moisture problem is detected, then it is important to act quickly to fix the problem to prevent mold!
This picture taken in the kitchen of James’ home clearly illustrates a problem. The darker the colour, the cooler the surface temperature is. Moisture and cold air intrusion will appear darker in an interior environment. Structure and corners will appear darker and is expected. An even colour indicates an even thermal seal. In this picture, the kitchen ceiling shows some moisture/cold air intrusion and is shown in the darker coloured areas.

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If you suspect that you have ice dam issues in your home, it is important that you take action. If you have further questions, feel free to give us a call. We are happy to assist!