Stop ice damming at your home
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.