Pulling up to your house with a snow-covered roof can be a beautiful sight. Unfortunately, snow on your roof can also lead to serious trouble in the form of ice dams. Preventing ice dams at your home will help to prolong the life of your roof and keep your home warm and cozy.
Ice dams form when the bottom layer of snow melts on your roof, causing the water to flow to the cold edges. Once the water reaches the edge, it refreezes. The melting and refreezing process can cause water and ice to back up under shingles and into your walls, causing expensive damage.
Even though your homeowners insurance policy will most likely provide coverage for damage that is caused by ice dams, preventing them in the first place is a much better plan. Use these ice dam prevention tips to avoid damage to your house this winter.
- Check the insulation in your attic to ensure it is adequate.
- Seal the insulation in your attic to prevent warm air from moving from the living space of your home into your attic.
- Caulk or insulate all openings in your plumbing vents, chimney, wiring, light fixtures, and exhaust fans. Tight seals will prevent warm air from making its way into your attic.
- Use a snow rake to reduce the amount of snow buildup on your roof, as long as you can do so safely.
- Keep your rain gutters clear to allow the water to properly flow off your roof.
For all of your insurance coverage needs, contact the insurance experts at Scavone Insurance Center in White Plains, New York. We will work with you to makes sure you have the coverage you need to protect you from any disasters this season.