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Ice Dams and Water Damage in Your Chicago Attic

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

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When Your Chicago Attic Has Suffered Water Damage or Ice Dams, Call SERVPRO

During Chicago winters, the temperature of your attic can reach above freezing, which melts the snow on your roof. When this melted snow runs down your roof and into the eaves which are colder, it refreezes. Over several days this cycle continues, and snowmelt that is freezing builds up and creates an ice dam. Behind this, water forms into puddles that are quite large. The pooling water can then get caught up under the covering of your roof and leak along the outer walls of your home or into your attic.

With attic leaks, you may not even realize there is an issue at first, which could make the water damage much worse by the time you notice it. Your Chicago home needs the help of water damage professionals to get it back in shape. SERVPRO is always ready to help you clean up the water mess and repair any damage that has been done.

Attics are not always easy to access, and the amount of equipment we can get into the damaged area can be limited. The drying process can be made difficult because of sheetrock, and once the sheetrock which has been damaged, structural components in the attic space are relatively easy to dry. Plus, we might have to take sheetrock out to be able to get into the attic.

Restoration of attics often involves SERVPRO staff to work with insulation. We can dry out fiberglass insulation that is wet and save it, whereas we might not be able to restore damp plaster or sheetrock under the insulation. In almost all cases where plaster or sheetrock is sagging, we have to take the insulation and put it in an undamaged area so we can get at the sheetrock that is damaged. We use giant insulation vacuums to remove insulation and maybe save it for reuse.

The removal of insulation and sheetrock demolition can make vast amounts of dust, plus high air movement can force the dust to move throughout your home. In this case, we might have to build containment to minimize cross-contamination. Air pressure which is negative might also be needed. We keep in communication with you during the whole process.

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SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City is sure to be careful while drying and repairing your attic after water damage from an ice dam. You can trust the restoration of your home in Archer Heights, Brighton Park, or Scottsdale to us when you call us at (773) 337-3993.

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