Ice dams: What are they, and how to prevent them

February 5th, 2015 by admin

As February rolls around, the temperature decreases, and the risks to your home increase. Ice dams are one of the more common winter risks, but there are preventative measures you can take to avoid them. Here are some tips from a Houselogic article:

"Ice dams occur when heavy snow buildup melts during the day, then refreezes as temperatures drop overnight," writes the source. "After several days of this cycle, the melted water and ice work up under the shingles, entering the attic and damaging ceilings, walls, and contents."

You can prevent ice dams from forming by taking the following steps:

  • Make sure to keep gutters and downspouts clear of debris, snow and ice, which will make it possible for melting snow to flow off.
  • Keep snow on your roof to a minimum. After a storm, consider using a roof rake. This allows you to stand on the ground while safely pulling the snow off the roof.
  • Evaluate attic insulation and ventilation to make sure they're at adequate levels. "Good airflow is essential to a cool, dry attic," the source adds.

Frozen pipes are another risk you want to guard against. In a previous article, we discussed the steps you should take to prevent their occurrence

Fundy Mutual wants to make sure New Brunswickers stay safe. We are committed to providing you with the best coverage, as well as knowledge and tools necessary to keep you and your home protected this winter and year-round. Contact us if you have any questions, or want a free quote for home insurance in Saint John, Sussex, Rothesay or Hampton.