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Ice Dam Damage (And More) in Wakefield and Lincoln, MA

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Ice Dams & Ants in Wakefield, Massachusetts


In the Wakefield home, the damage from an ice dam extended to a downstairs bedroom, an area of the kitchen and the rear porch. When we went to work on the ceilings and walls, we found some unexpected problems:

  1. We found that the two rear rooms, the ones most damaged by the ice dams, were built without insulation and using horsehair plaster, typical in century-old homes. Ants had moved in behind the plaster and were happily munching away. We sprayed everything with ant killer before fixing the damage and also used a mold preventative.

  2. The rear porch was affected by the ice dams, and the wood had split. We replaced the risers, stringers and decking with new composite wood to better resist the next assault by Nature. Because composite wood was first introduced for decking in the 1990s, it’s no wonder that it wasn’t used before now in the deck of a 1900 home.

Ice Dams & Water Damage in Lincoln, Massachusetts

We ran into both similar and quite different problems in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where damage from an ice dam required the removal of sheetrock and insulation from a bedroom, the basement and two bathrooms. This newer home (built in 1975) had none of the problems caused by compromised horsehair plaster or decking.

However, disaster still struck. The WORKS team had finished a full day of work when we showed up the next morning to find a downstairs ceiling completely destroyed. We diagnosed the problem as a leaky shower pan in the master bathroom. We took down a few shower tiles to check and discovered…no pan at all. For years, water had been leaking through the tiles and into the ceiling below. Fortunately, the ceiling collapsed with no one underneath and while the WORKS team was around to find (and fix) the problem.

Damage from ice dams is always stressful, but WORKS is ready to fix current damage and prevent future damage to your home on the Massachusetts North Shore.


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