Ice isn't nice. Ice dam prevention tips
How does an ice dam form?
- Rising heat melts snow and ice
- Melted snow refreezes at the roofline causing an ice dam
- Ice dams prevent water from draining and can cause leaks and water damage inside
Be on the lookout for ice dams if:
- Temperatures are below freezing
- Heavy snow is on the roof
- Many icicles are hanging from eaves and gutters
Signs of damage
- Water stained ceilings and walls
- Dislodged shingles and sagging gutters
- Damp attic insulation
- Decayed structural framing
- Mold and mildew
- Insulate and ventilate attic well
- Remove snow from edges with a roof rake
- Hire a professional to help remove snow from higher roof areas
Removing ice dams
- Contract a licensed, insured professional
- Don't attempt to chip away at ice dams on your own, as this can cause more damage or injury
Winter storm damage is the 4th largest cause of insurance claims.
Winter weather in 2018 resulted in $3B in insured losses.
Water damage and freezing account for almost 20% of all homeowners insurance claims.
Remember to always document damage and costs.