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Ice dams forming on your roof can lead to winter water damage!

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Ice dams start to form during the colder months of the year. It starts when snow begins to melt and then refreezes and creates a wall. As this process repeats it begins to form a sort of dam. These dams will grow larger and larger until they are removed or the weather warms up for a lengthy period. These dams cause property damage by getting water into and under tiles/shingles and then freezing, which shifts them to create an opening! From here water can make its way into the home and cause all sorts of damages.

There are a few ways to take preventative measures against this though. Run heating cables in your attic that go along the sections of the roof that have the most trouble with dams forming. This helps prevent the water from being able to refreeze in bad areas.

Ice dams beginning to form also usually means that the attic of the house is leaking heat due to improper insulation. Take note of where the dams are forming on the roof and check that same area of the attic for inconsistencies! Trying to retain the heat in your attic is the natural way of combatting damming ice and can even help keep your house warmer overall.

Stay safe this winter season, and if you intend on directly dealing with any problems you or your family are facing be sure to be careful. Many instances of people getting hurt while they are attempting to help themselves or their family is due to negligence.

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