Ice Dams Irritate Dubuque Home and Business Owners

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - The much awaited melting snow is no where more evident then at Jim Giese Roofing in Dubuque.

Giese said, "I'm sure we're going to get a lot of calls with all the moisture and all the snow that's on the roof. "

In his 41 years in the roofing business, Giese has dealt with an ice dam or two.

"The water that melts on the roof comes down and it freezes there and it builds up as you get freeze and thaw cycles, " said Giese.

If that melting snow and ice travels inside, a homeowner can end up with interior water damage. But Giese says, if it's safe enough, a home-owner can climb a ladder and get ahead of the problem.

"You can kind of chop a little trough or a little opening in the ice dam. And that will help the water to run out," said Giese.

On Tuesday, Giese's crews were clearing snow from the roof of the Dubuque Muesum of Art. Down below directors worry about the leaky roof.

Museum Director Mark Wahlert said, "We're part of the care takers of really extraordinary cultural collection here. "

Some extra precautions for unpredictable weather.

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