Heat loss through your roof can result in thousands of dollars in damage as a result of’ice damming.’ Ice damming happens when warm air leaks from your house into the attic, melting the snow on your roof. This water runs down and freezes again at the roof’s edge. This process repeats itself and eventually creates a dam made of ice that prevents water from draining away. Inevitably, this water backs up under the shingles and into your home.
PREVENTING AN ICE DAM
Insure that your attic is adequately insulated with a minimum of 8″ of R20 insulation on your attic floor
Ensure your soffit vents are not blocked by insulation and your roof vents are free of snow
Draw more air into the attic through the gable and eave vents
If you are installing a new roof, request roof felt or heating cables
WHAT DO DO IF AN ICE DAM OCCURS?
Consult an expert. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE should you climb out on your roof
Remove any damaged contents and move any undamaged contents out of harms way
Contact a restoration contractor to inspect and take immediate preventative action
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