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Ice Dams Keep Cleaning Businesses Busy

February 23, 2010, 4:53 PM by Cherlene Richards

Ice Dams Keep Cleaning Businesses Busy
SIOUX FALLS,SD - Mother Nature is not letting up anytime soon.  The thaw and melt cycle we've had this winter is causing ice dams, roof damage and water to leak into area homes.  While the Ice dam build up is a problem for homeowners, it's big business for companies trying to clean it all up.

A break from the wind and snow has this crew hard at work.  But as they try to fix the problems outside, inside the damage has already been done.  Water from an ice dam seeped through the roof and into walls on all three floors of this historic home.

"They're got extensive damage.  We're dealing with plaster, drywall, all sorts of different issues.  Because they've done re-model work on this home, we're dealing with two different types of construction,” Tracy Comp said. 

Comp specializes in fixing problems like these and says this homeowner did the right thing by calling as soon as they noticed the damage. 

Steamway’s Restoration Specialists has been taking 10 to 15 calls a day to clean up water and mold.

"This year's been extremely busy.  Traditionally, January and February is a slower time of the year for us.  You know, we wait for the spring rain, melting and that sort of thing, but with all the ice dams, Steamway's has been around 42 years, and to our background , we've never seen ice dams this severe ever,” Comp said.

Comp says while this is a historic home, even newly built houses are seeing damage.

"You don't want to ignore it.  It's not going to go away.  We've had people call and say, 'Is it something, we can simply paint over?'  The answers no, don't do that,” Comp said.

Comp says the problems will likely get worse as spring approaches.

“We're at the mercy of Mother Nature, until it gets warm, we don't really know how bad it's going to be,” Comp said.

Comp says restoring your home can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Learn more about ice dams online.

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