3 Tips on How to Avoid Ice Dams on Your New Philadelphia Home
Ice dams are a common occurrence in the winter season. Ice dams occur more often than you would think. Our insurance agent friends are very familiar with water damage caused by ice dams occurring on the home. What is an ice dam you ask? According to the University of Minnesota, “An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.” Since an ice dam can cause much damage to your home, below are 3 tips to help you prevent them this winter season!
- Make sure to clean leaves, sticks, and other debris from rain gutters and downspouts. This allows melting snow on the roof to flow into gutters and through downspouts.
- Try to keep the snow on your roof to a minimum. Long-handled devices called "roof rakes" let you stand on the ground and pull the snow off the roof. Keeping heavy snow loads off your roof reduces the chances for both ice dam formation and roof failure due to the weight.
- Keep gutters and downspouts clear of snow and icicles all winter.
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