Stop ice damming at your home

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

Ice damming is a se­ri­ous is­sue that of­ten costs home­own­ers a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money. The truth is, how­ever, many of us don’t know what ice damming is, let alone how it can harm our homes.

Ice damming oc­curs when ice builds up, es­pe­cially on the roof. When the snow on your roof melts and then re­freezes in ar­eas that are un­heated such as eaves, garage, and porches. Once the ice freezes, the buildup acts as a dam. It pre­vents melted snow and wa­ter from prop­erly run­ning off. As a re­sult, the wa­ter is trapped and be­gins to leak un­der shin­gles, in at­tics, and even into the home. Prob­lems cre­ated by ice damming • This is­sue causes en­ergy loss and can also lead to other se­ri­ous prob­lems such as: mois­ture build up • mold • the rot­ting of ma­te­ri­als • struc­tural dam­age caused by wa­ter leaks “If you want to avoid ice damming you need to be proac­tive,” says Wayne Ross, an insurance ex­pert with Aviva Canada.“When you see the signs of ice damming, clear the snow off the roof and break up the ice to pre­vent wa­ter in­fil­tra­tion into the house. If you are plan­ning to ren­o­vate your roof, in­stalling an ice and wa­ter shield is the best in­vest­ment you could make.”

Home­own­ers need to be proac­tive, Ross adds. When snow starts to ac­cu­mu­late in your area, pe­ri­od­i­cally check your roof for signs of ice damming. A quick check here and there can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween hav­ing no is­sues and hav­ing to spend money on roof re­place­ments.

More de­tails about home safety, se­cu­rity and suf­fi­cient cov­er­age is avail­able from your insurance bro­ker.

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