Here in the North Country, ice dams are something that should be on your radar. An ice dam typically forms when water from melting snow on warmer areas of your roof flows down to the much colder eaves, where it then refreezes. The resulting blockage forces subsequent snowmelt to back up, which may possibly damage shingles. In the worst case, that damage leads to roof leaks, allowing water to cause potentially serious damage to your home’s interior. Prevention is the key.
• Cleaning your gutters and downspouts before the first snow hits to maximize your drainage.
• Keeping your roof and eaves as close to the same temperature as possible – proper attic insulation is the key. Use weatherstripping at attic access points.
• If practical, removing snow buildup from your roof with a snow rake or similar tool to minimize the runoff.
If you plan to be gone during the winter months, remember to ask a family member or friend to check on your home during your absence. Early identification of an ice dam can lead to intervention that prevents extensive damage, such as ceiling collapses.
Includes content reprinted by permission, The Mines Press, Inc. November 2014
Ken Cobb is owner of Pine Country Insurance and has been active in the insurance industry for over 15 years. Meet Ken.
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