Reduce and Prevent Damage From Ice Dams

Houses are never more beautiful than when covered with snow on a quiet winter day. But the buildup of snow on a roof can create dangerous ice dams. They can shear off gutters, loosen shingles and cause water to back up and leak into the house.

Ice dams are thick, solid bands of ice that form along a roof edge. They are created when melting snow freezes into ice at the unheated roof eave. As snow continues to melt, water backs up behind the ice dam, pooling under shingles, soaking through sheathing and into the house where it can cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and more.

To help reduce and prevent damage from ice dams, tell your policyholders to try these tips:

  • To avoid snow buildup on the roof, rake snow off with a long-handled aluminum roof rake while standing on the ground. Using a rake with wheels does not damage the roof.
  • To help prevent ice dams from forming, remove, seal or relocate heat sources in the attic that are causing snow to melt. Heat sources can include recessed light fixtures, air vents and attic access doors.

If your clients experience a water loss due to a roof leak, we are available 24/7/365 to help with:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Drying, dehumidification and water extraction
  • Document drying and recovery
  • Carpet, rug and upholstery cleaning

Our technicians know the effects of water damage on a wide variety of structural surfaces and are experts at both damage mitigation and reducing over-all claim severity. So if you get a call about a roof leak, let us get your policyholder’s life back to normal quickly and help you keep costs down and renewals up.

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