Prevent Ice Dams From Damaging Your Roof
From un-seasonal warmth to heavy snow and freezing temperatures, this winter has been packed with plenty of surprises, and it's not over yet. A cold weather culprit that could become a problem following a snowstorm is ice damming on top of a home...
From un-seasonal warmth to heavy snow and freezing temperatures, this
winter has been packed with plenty of surprises, and it's not over yet. A cold weather culprit that could become a problem following a snowstorm is ice damming on top of a home. Ice dams develop when heat from a home rises
up through a roof covered with several inches of snow and melts the bottom
snow layer creating an icy buildup.
"Ice dams are lumps of ice that form on gutters, eaves and valleys, and
prevent melting snow from running down," says Sam Whiteman, Claims Field
Director for Allstate's Midwest Region. "As the snow melts, the water backs
up and seeps under shingles or tiles and eventually into your home.
Preventing ice dams can be as simple as mounting proper insulation and
avoiding improper removal of ice and snow."
To help minimize ice dam formation on your roof and protect your home from
winter damage, Allstate Insurance Company offers the following tips:
- Keep gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and natural debris.
- Identify areas of heat loss in your attic and properly insulate them to
prevent heat from escaping.
- Minimize heat loss through the attic by wrapping or insulating all heating
- Avoid using sharp tools or ice picks, which can damage roofs, on gutters or
downspouts. Use a snow rake or soft broom to clear fresh snowfall from
- Contact a professional snow removal company to clear existing ice dams.
- Avoid falling icicles or avalanching snow. Avoid getting on the roof and
working on a ladder or beneath a roof that has accumulated large amount of
To learn more about preventing ice dams or receive information on other
safety topics, contact your local Allstate agent.