Ice Dams

February 17, 2011 at 10:48 AM | Posted in Home | Leave a comment
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Icicles hanging along the eaves of your house may look beautiful,
but they spell trouble….ICE DAMS

Ice dams form when snow on the edge of a roof melts and then re-freezes at the eaves. Icicles are an indicator that ice dams are forming. Once the ice forms on the edge of the roof, it can prevent water from draining off the roof. The water can then back up underneath the roof shingles and make its way inside your home.  What can you do?

Immediate Action: 

  • Clear snow and ice off the roof before it melts to keep ice dams from forming.
  • If your roof is accessible from the ground, a roof rake can be a safe and effective way to remove snow from the edges of the roof where ice dams occur.
  • If your roof is not accessible from the ground, a contractor may be able to help.  Often times the cost of removing the snow, or paying someone to remove the snow for you, is less than your policy deductible should a claim occur.
  • Make sure to shovel around downspouts so that your gutters can drain freely.  This will prevent ice from building up in the gutters.

Long-Term Action:  

  • Properly insulate and ventilate your attic to help reduce the chances of snow melting on the roof and refreezing at the eaves.

Please Note:  The contents in your home damaged by water that leaks through a roof, are NOT covered unless you have purchased the special risk coverage for your contents.


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