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Ice Dam Removal in Tahoe-Donner, California and Throughout the High Sierras

If you have an ice dam emergency in Placer or Nevada County, CA, call the Ice Dam Guys® at 1-800-ICE-DAMS (800-423-3267) for immediate scheduling! Since 1995 we have become the top-rated ice dam removal company in the United States and have removed thousands of ice dams from customers’ homes! We are properly licensed, bonded, and insured.


Living in California’s High Sierra is a dream come true with such destinations as Lake Tahoe, world-class ski resorts, unrivaled hiking, and private mountain scenery. All that beauty and access to nature can come at a price though and it usually comes in the form of 150 to 300 inches of snow each winter! In addition to extended power outages from downed powerlines, scenes like the one we saw below from Tahoe-Donner are not uncommon.

Epic snowfall, well over 5 feet tall, in Tahoe-Donner, CA. Taken by the Ice Dam Guys®.

Unfortunately, along with several feet of snow, you can also get ice dams like the behemoth we removed in the past.

An ice dam on a customer's home that the Ice Dam Guys® removed before it caused more damages.

The telltale signs you have an ice dam on your roof are when you see a bank of icicles hanging from the roof paired with a sheet of ice atop your roof’s shingles. In the example above, we have significant icicles that are not like your run-of-the-mill variation, along with slabs of ice. These slabs can weigh up to and above 1,000 pounds, so having that much weight on the roof’s overhangs is just asking for trouble and damage. Not only can the icicles fall, but on a steep roofline like the property above, they could also slide off at any moment leading to quite a shocking surprise!

The reason ice dams can become so destructive (and produce expensive home repairs) is because they don’t allow the water from thawed snow to run off the roof into the gutters and downspouts. That’s because the gutters and downspouts are already frozen and any additional water that trickles down the roof will pool, quite literally, behind the gutters. For an area such as Tahoe-Donner and the surrounding communities, this can be a major problem with all the vacation rental properties that are here.

When a property is unattended and vacant, having an ice dam that goes unnoticed can quickly lead to interior water leaks and damages. If a family was living in the home, they’d hopefully notice it, but when there are weeks or even months of no one checking in on the place, something like a simple leak (as seen below) can quickly lead to the collapse of your ceiling.

Residential water leaks inside customers' homes due to ice dam emergencies.

It’s for these reasons (and more) that you should regularly have a neighbor or friend at least poke into the house on a semi-regular basis. If they do and notice an ice dam is established or beginning to form, they can call an ice dam removal like the Ice Dam Guys®. Thankfully, we have a tried and true process for eliminating them safely and quickly!

Steam-Only Ice Dam Removal near Lake Tahoe, CA

The Ice Dam Guys® have been removing ice dams across America since 1995! When we began, the industry wasn’t as developed as it is today, so most homeowners had to rely on whatever available roofing contractors were available and hope for the best of luck. As you know, finding on-time and reliable contractors has always been a challenge in the forest, so this would make it extra challenging in the Sierras. These poor souls would climb up the ladder with a shovel or ice pick and try their best to solve the homeowner’s problem. Unfortunately, they often cause more damage because their tools are too sharp or blunt for the job, which leads to shingles being removed and damage to gutters. We knew there had to be a better way that was gentle on your home while being effective and that’s when we invented Steamzilla™!

Our steam-only approach to ice dam removal has never let us down – and that’s saying something since we’ve literally been on thousands of roofs all across the country since 1995! With this approach, instead of having a roofer swing an icepick at your gutters, one of our techs will simply walk along the perimeter of your roof and gently (yet quickly) apply steam to your ice dam. Like a warm knife cutting through butter, our tech reduces the ice dam into smaller pieces that we remove from your roof. This leaves you with an ice-free roof with free-flowing gutters and downspouts. Here’s one of our techs doing this below for a visual aid:

Steam-Only Ice Dam Removal in Crow Wing County with the Ice Dam Guys®

Looks pretty rad, huh? It’s way safer and smarter than trying to beat the ice dam into submission. Steam-only ice dam removal has a fantastic track record of being able to remove ice dams 100% of the time. At the end of the day you called us because you were worried about your home – let us gently remove the problem so it stays safe and sound!

Ice Dam Guys® are the Sierra Nevada’s Best Choice for Ice Dam Removal Emergencies

While NorCal isn’t one of our busiest regions, the Ice Dam Guys® do visit the area and one season that stands out was 2017 when you got 12 feet of snow and tons of ice! Wowza, that was nuts! The reason Californians trust us is because of our stellar reputation and the fact that we’re licensed and properly insured and bonded to perform ice dam removal on your home. With a focus on customer service, you can find us hauling our machines through the following Sierra Nevada communities:

Alpine Meadows, Boca, Carpenter Valley, Donner, Donner Lake, Emigrant Gap, Hinton, Hobart Mills, Homewood, Incline Village, Kings Beach, Kingvale, Lake Tahoe, Olympic Valley, Polaris, Soda Springs, Tahoe City, Tahoma, Truckee, and Union Mills.

Emergency ice dam removal can be costly, but we assure you we’re the most trusted option available throughout the nation! We like to make sure you know who we are, what we do, and why you can trust us, so we recommend that you Google us. That’s right, pop in “Ice Dam Guys reviews” into Google and see what thousands of past customers say about us. We’re confident you’ll come to the conclusion that we’re the #1 choice for you and your home.

We look forward to helping you!

Call us now at 1-800-ICE-DAMS for same-day / next-day ice dam removal for your Lake Tahoe home.

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