Ice Backup

Ice Backup

The term "Ice Backup" has been used many times this winter but what does it really mean?


An ice backup can occur when snow is melted by heat escaping through the roof. The water than refreezes at the overhang at the bottom of the roof. This obstruction can cause a leak because the water flow has no where to go but back up under the shingles and over the flashing.


The danger of an ice backup is that they create pools of water that can seep into your home or business and damage walls, ceilings, and other structural areas.


To help prevent an ice backup from occuring use a roof rake as soon as possible after a heavy snowfall to remove at least the lower 4 feet of snow from the roof edge. If you discover an ice backup you can also have your roof cleared by a roofing professional.


In the event that you discover a leak due to an ice backup contact the professionals at ServiceMaster of Midland/Orillia. Our trained certified technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide you with a reliable lifeline when water damage restoration is needed.