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The Danger of Ice Dams

ice damHere in the Northeast, it seems as though winter is never-ending. While you may be cozy and warm inside your home, a dangerous situation could be forming on your roof. Ice dams can compromise the structure of your roof and lead to water damage inside your home. Read on to learn more.

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is a buildup of ice that forms along the edge of your roof and prevents melting snow from running off.

Do Ice Dams Cause Damage?

Ice dams can cause significant damage to your home as the water from melted snow backs up under your roof’s shingles and into your home’s interior. In addition to structural damage, ice dams also increase the risk of mold contamination due to water damage.

How Can I Prevent Ice Dams?

The easiest way to prevent ice dams is to keep your eaves, gutters, downspouts, and drains clear so that water can drain away from your home. Make a habit of cleaning your gutters before winter begins. The installation of gutter screens can provide you with an added layer of protection.

What are Signs of Ice Dams?

Icicles are one of the primary signs of an ice dam. If you notice discoloration of your ceilings or walls, it may indicate that an ice dam has turned into a leak.

Ice dams can be devastating, but you can help to lessen the risk by taking the proper precautions. To learn more about how homeowner’s insurance can help protect your home from ice dams, leaks, and other disasters, contact The Reis Group today.