When choosing an ice dam steaming company it is very important to learn how to identify a company that is using the right low pressure steam equipment. The machine we use is pictured here.

Two types of companies

In the ice dam removal industry there are two types of companies, the good companies that uses low pressure steamers and the bad companies that will use a hot pressure washer. A hot pressure washer will cause damage to your roof shingles and compromise longevity. It is very important to have the correct equipment.

Ice dam removal is an emergency service and we always reply as quick as possible at that inconvenient time.

What is ice Dam Steaming?

Ice dam steaming is when our ARTIC Steamer converts cold water into a low pressure (200-250psi) steam through a special nozzle which is designed to cut through the ice dams very effectively and prevent any further damage to your roof or gutters. Ice dam steaming is the safest and fastest way to remove ice dams from any roof. Ice dam steaming is the gentlest solution for properties with a roof leak. Low pressure ice dam steaming is the method most preferred nationwide by roofing manufacturers and insurance companies. Why, because low pressure steam cannot cut through roofing materials unlike a hot pressure washer.

Why is ice dam steaming safe?

Ice dam steaming is safe because these specially designed steamers turn cold water into soft gentle steam and send it up to the roof with low pressure. On the roof the user safely melts the ice with the non abrasive steam heat. Once water becomes atomized and turned into steam it is no longer abrasive like water and therefore looses its ability to cut through materials like water. Steam can burn you but it cannot cut your skin like a pressure washer. Get the point? Low pressure steamers rely on heat to remove the ice instead of impact force!

We have seen roofs damaged in many areas like this, to the point where the roof needed to be torn off and replaced! With an expensive service such as ice dam steaming, the last thing you need to worry about is roof damage.

Ice dam removal speed

Ice dam steaming speed is important to home owners because of the cost. How fast can the ice dam be removed? Unfortunately there is no perfect way to give an exact ice dam steaming speed.

  • Having snow removed will save time and let us give a better estimate.
  • Average ice dam removal quotes are given by linear feet. (usually 7-25 feet per hour)
  • Minimum 2 hours for all jobs
  • Billing begins at setup and ends at takedown.
  • Gutters packed with leaves or debris may slow down process
  • Ask that driveway be clear for us to set-up equipment

Why do we bill hourly?

If you are wondering why ice dam steaming is billed hourly please keep reading. There are several important reasons why ice dam steaming is billed hourly. There may be some companies who don’t bill hourly but we feel it is important to choose a company who does bill hourly. Why? Because a straight bid may cause a company to want to hurry and get done faster leading to roof damage and dangerous practices. Also it may cost you more in the end.

  • Demand for ice dam steaming is high and companies simply cannot travel and look at every job and bid on them, so hourly rates simplify the bidding and provides a way to provide more of an emergency service.
  • The ice dams are hidden under the snow making it impossible to see how far back up the roof they go. In some cases the ice dams may only go back a foot and in others it may go all the way to the ridge cap. The more ice the longer it takes. You cannot bid on what you can’t see.
  • Underneath the ice dams the gutters may be packed with leaves and debris making them take longer to thaw and clean.
  • The snow depth on the roof, roof pitch and the amount of ground clean up varies from job to job.
  • Safety is the main concern with all ice dam removal companies and being rushed could have serious consequences.
  • Low pressure steamers burn expensive kerosene while they are running, making them very expensive to operate.

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