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Preventing Ice Dams and Winter Roof Damage

Ice Dam

We hope that everyone has remained safe through this snow storm. Now that the snow has fallen, it’s time to think about the ice dams that are likely to form and follow. In an effort to help keep you informed of some of the best practices, allow us to share some helpful tips surrounding ice dam prevention and/or removal.

An ice dam forms when melting snow freezes at the edge of your roof line. If you do not remove the snow, you run the risk of the ice dam growing large enough to keep the water from draining off the roof.  The water could then back up underneath the shingles and find its way to the interior. This can damage your roof, attic, and upper levels of your building.

How do you tell if you have an Ice Dam?

  • Look for large icicles hanging from the gutters and sides of the roof, as this is a sign that water may be trapped on your roof
  • Look for water stains in your attic ceiling or exterior walls

Steps you can take to prevent an Ice Dam:

  • Remove snow from your roof after every heavy storm before it freezes by using a roof rake.
  • Make sure that leaders and gutters are clear of leaves and debris so melted snow can drain properly
  • Insulate your roof and attic.
  • Seal up any holes in the roof that can cause water to seep through
  • Make sure any vent pipes, exhaust fans, chimneys, attic fans, and light fixtures are properly insulated and sealed.
  • Install a leak barrier underneath the shingles to act as an additional preventative measure, as it keeps water from seeping inside your building.

Tips for removing an Ice Dam:

  • Call a roof professional. If this is done incorrectly, you may cause further damage to your roof.
  • Do not use rock salt to melt the ice, as this could lead to even more damage.
  • If you do choose to remove it yourself, you can use calcium chloride to melt the ice.

As the cold winter months continue, please be proactive and prepare for the possibility of an ice dam forming on your roof. Doing all you can to prevent an ice dam will alleviate your stress and bring you closer to a worry-free season. We hope you all remain safe.

Water Is Not Always Your Friend

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What’s the difference between a flood and a sewer backup? With hurricane season in full swing, it’s important to understand the differences between the two so you are protected in the event either one happens to you.

A flood involves rising waters, such as those caused by rain, melting snow, or an overflow of a river.  We have witnessed the devastation that floods can cause. However, homeowners and commercial property policies do not always cover the subsequent flood damage.

The way to insure your home or commercial properties against flood damage is through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Sewer and drain backup, on the other hand, involves water that causes damage to your property, resulting from a sewer or drain that backs up. When a buildup of water is prevented from continuing to flow in the normal direction, it must reverse its direction and go back up the other way. As a result, water backup occurs. A collapsed pipe and blockage are also known to cause water backup. Homes are most susceptible to the backup of drain lines during the wet months of spring and fall.

Unlike flood insurance, the coverage for this type of loss can actually be purchased as part of your homeowners and commercial property polices.

It is also important to note that Flood polices do not cover losses caused by sewer or drain backup.

Don’t drown yourself in worry over a lack of coverage.  Contact us today to discuss your coverage options.