Cutting Edge Tree Services & Arbor Master, Inc

Ice Dam Melting

Living in North Iowa, homeowners should be aware of the damaging effects of ice dams. Ice dams form in the valleys between dormers and rooftops as well as in gutters. Water trapped in clogged gutters freezes and begins to build up above the gutters, often times travelling up valleys to the top of the roof. When the snow melts and refreezes under the shingles, leaks into the house are formed. Severe water damage occurs when fair weather does come and the entire ice dam melts, leaking large amounts of runoff into the interior structure of the building.

To help prevent ice dams from forming, we recommend insulating your attic and having us clean your gutters in the fall. Even with our best efforts, however, some homes are simply prone to ice dam formation, in which case we offer an environmentally friendly solution. We begin by removing snow from the roof on which the dam is forming, either with a roof rake or by ascending with a shovel. While one worker is shoveling snow from the rooftop, another is operating a heated sprayer with nothing more than steaming hot water to gently melt the ice without damaging shingles or gutter guards.

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A Well-Oiled Machine

You guys are amazing! What a well-oiled machine. All that teamwork and in the rain to boot. That is dedication. Big storm damage mess cleared up in 2 hours. And to think our job was only the first on your list that day. Thanks so much.

Deb, Charles City, IA

The Whole Job Was a Success

The whole job was a success to me, from the removing of the trees, the stumps, filling in with dirt, planting of the new tree, trimming the other tree to the cleanup. You did an amazing job, and in record time. You have a hard working crew.

Dianna, Garner, IA

Taking Immediate Action

Rarely at a loss for words I am struggling to express the depth of my gratitude to Kevin for taking immediate action to safely remove a tree at our house.

Melissa Norris, Clear Lake, IA

Totally Pleased

Totally pleased with your work at our Clear Lake property! Thank you, thank you!

Ann & Mike, Des Moines, IA