Correct ice dam steaming pressure is very important and should not be overlooked! Pressure is important when considering equipment to buy and especially when hiring a company to steam your ice dams. Low pressure steam is always what you want for zero roof damage. Steam pressure should always be around 300 psi or less! When a low pressure steamer is operating at 275-300 degrees F and the pressure is around 100 psi or less you have the most effective combination for safe and fast ice dam removal possible. Do not let anyone fool you that high pressure is better than low pressure! Safe ice dam removal relies on steam temperature to cut the ice, not abrasive water pressure.
Many companies use hot pressure washers and claim they are using a steamer. This is a huge scam in the industry! These machines run water temps of about 120-200 degrees F on average and produce pressures of usually 1000-4000 psi or more! Essentially these machines are pumping high pressure hot water with the ability to cut holes through the roof. Learn how to tell the difference here! These machines should never be called steamers because they cannot produce steam temperatures.
There are many roofs damaged every ice dam season because of these hot pressure washers, don’t let your roof be next! We hope that this association will help you make the best possible decision when you need ice dam removal. Correct ice dam steaming pressure is one of the most important factors to consider to avoid damage. We offer a large amount of education to help you learn all the essentials about steaming ice dams. If you have any further questions about this subject please feel free to contact us and we will be in touch quickly to assist.