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Ice Dams Cause Major Headaches for Homeowners

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- As snow melts in the Ozarks, homeowners are discovering unexpected damages called ice dams.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- As snow melts in the Ozarks, homeowners are discovering unexpected damages called ice dams.

To some this weather looks like a winter wonderland, but to roofers, it looks like a lot of work.

"It's an ice and water barrier that goes down in the eaves or any place where ice can build up," Jeff Elam, of Dale's Roofing, said. 

Ice dams are causing trouble for homeowners.

Property manager and repairman Terry Mooneyham spent his Wednesday checking several properties.

He said he's seen plenty of dams and plenty of damage.

"It tends to build up at the bottom edge of the roof and it layers," Mooneyham said.

Mooneyham doesn't try to fix the dams himself and doesn't recommend other homeowners attempt it either.

"You need to get a roofing company, somebody with cleats and the proper equipment to do it," he said.

At Dale's Roofing, Jeff Elam said his company has already dealt with many dams.

"We just ran the numbers and about four times as many calls have come in just this last week," he said.

The water behind the dam can seep into homes, causing damage inside. That's why roofer say removing them is important.

"Once the water has a place to flow down, the issue usually goes away," Elam said.

Elam agrees, homeowners shouldn't climb on slick roofs to try to fix the problem.

"Call a professional, have them assess it before you try to take care of this issue yourself," Elam said.

"(It's) best left to somebody that's done it," Mooneyham said.

We learned that ice dams are not typically a major issue in the Ozarks, but our first winter blast has provided the perfect conditions for creating these ice dams.
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