Remove Ice Dams from Your Roof

using the arctic steamer to remove an ice dam

Ice and snow are part of life in the Inland Northwest. And because of our climate, ice dams are one of the most damaging problems for your roof in the winter. Roofs by Premier provides a service to help prevent damage and health risks associated with ice dams. Our Arctic Steamer removes ice damns safely and efficiently.

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is a buildup of ice and snow. When heavy snow melts during the day and then refreezes at night, ice dams begin to form. They don’t form over night, they come from a consistent melt and refreeze cycle over a couple days. Ice dams can also be created from the heat inside your home rising through the roof and creating the same melt and refreeze cycle. When the melted water reaches the frozen surface, ice accumulates, growing a barrier that impedes further passage of melt-water off the roof.

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“An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas.”


What are negative effects of ice dams on your roof?

“Moisture entering the home from ice dams can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. These can cause respiratory problems.”

Source:  University of Minnesota Extension

Ice dams can cause damage to your home. Melting water may leak through the roofing material, possibly resulting in damaged ceilings, walls, roof structure and insulation. Ice dams can also cause roof sagging and damaged gutters.

Injury can also occur when the heavy ice dam falls off the roof to the ground below, or from attempts to remove ice dams.

Damage may not always be visible right away, these unseen ice dam leaks can cause mold and mildew growth inside your home, which are known to cause respiratory health problems over time.


Roofs by Premier offers ice dam removal with steam to safely remove ice dams from your roof.

If you’re looking for a safe, chemical-free, and efficient way to remove ice dams, ask us about our ice dam removal services with the Arctic Steamer.

Our professional roofing team will come out to your residence or business, climb up on your roof, and remove the ice dams.

The Arctic Steamer is a piece of equipment that melts away the ice dam with steam. The steam removal process is more gentile than a pressure washer, so it works without causing shingle damage or granule loss.

While ice dams during the winter may be a fact of life for residents in colder climates, they don’t have to cause more costly problems. Let the professionals at Roofs by Premier come and remove the ice dams from your roof. Contact us today!

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What our customers are saying

  • Two Thumbs Up

    We didn’t bargain to have to replace our roof when we put our home on the market, so it was with reluctance that we entered into this contract with Roofs by Premier. Must admit that they have been wonderful to work with, respectful of hours, hard working crew, meticulous in clean-up with a finished roof that is beautiful! They definitely get a “two thumbs way up” from us!

    — Pam E.

  • Arrived Within an Hour

    My mom’s trailer was leaking BADLY, and it was raining. The ceiling panel was drooping with water. I called several places and could not get anyone to even promise a call back for 2 days! I called Roofs by Premier and they were at our place within 1 hour and had the roof patched within the next 30 minutes. Ron was an awesome guy who took the time to help us quickly. The patch has worked, the ceiling panel has dried and I will absolutely call them with any future needs. So happy to have found them.

    — Dorothy H.

  • High praise

    In 2015, Mark and his company came to our home to repair and provide a roof certificate in preparation of selling our home. Three weeks later when the storm hit Spokane, I called Mark and he came out the next day and started covering the roof to prevent further damage...The roofing crew has always been courteous and respectful to our home and yard. I have nothing but high praise for Mark and his company. If you need a repair or complete roof replacement, I would highly recommend this company.

    — Michael L. Osman, Osman Agency

  • Outstanding

    Mark and his crew are AMAZING!!! The work they accomplished on my house was unbelievable. What I loved the best is their work ethic. Those guys were on the job everyday bright and early and would keep working until most every squint of daylight was gone...Mark and his guys are an OUTSTANDING group of good ol' boys that I would welcome back to my home anytime. I can’t thank you guys enough for all the hard work you did, we love our home’s new sexy lid!

    — Laura V.

  • Highly recommend

    Great workers, very concerned with customer satisfaction. Highly recommended!”

    — Dave M.

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