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Winter Woes – Beware of Ice Damming!

Homeowners beware, brace yourselves for a chilling problem that arises during this frosty season, the dreaded ice damming!

But what is ice damming? It’s when ice forms at the edge of your roof, trapping melting snow and water behind it. This can lead to leaks, water damage, and potential roof and gutter repairs.

Info graphic of how ice damming forms on a roof

So, how can you prevent this icy nemesis from wreaking havoc on your home? Here are some simple tips to keep those ice dams at bay.

❄️Keep your gutters clean – Clear out any debris, leaves, or icicles that may block the flow of water. This will allow proper drainage and prevent ice dams from forming.

❄️Insulation – Make sure your attic is properly insulated to minimize the amount of heat that escapes through your roof. This helps to keep the snow on your roof from melting from the underneath and refreezing at the eaves of your home.

❄️Ventilate your attic – Proper attic ventilation helps maintain a consistent temperature, reducing the risk of ice dams. Consider installing vents and fans to keep air circulating and prevent excessive heat buildup.

❄️Snow removal – Safely remove snow from your roof after a heavy snowfall, especially around the eaves and gutters. Using a roof rake or hiring professionals can prevent the extra weight that contributes to ice dams.

❄️Seek professional help – If you notice signs of ice damming, such as icicles hanging from your roof or water leakage, seek the assistance of a roofing professional. They can assess the situation and provide proper solutions to prevent further damage.

Share these tips with friends and family to help them avoid this chilly predicament!

Stay warm and safe, everyone!

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