With the cold winter weather still hanging around, it is not uncommon for your roof to be covered with snow and ice. While it may look like a picture out of a travel destination magazine, it can also have very harmful effects on your home. Knowing how to properly remove snow and ice from your roof to prevent the formation of ice dams will help to keep your home safe this winter.
Ice dams form when the heat from your attic melts the bottom layer of ice or snow on your roof, causing it to run down the side. Once the water gets to the end of your roof (that is no longer heated from your attic), it freezes once again. As the process continues, the frozen water at the edge of your roof creates a dam, which can cause water to back up into your roof and walls, creating serious damage.
Keep these do’s and don’ts of roof snow removal in mind to ensure that your home escapes any damage this season.
- Use a rake or shovel to remove snow on your roof to help minimize the risk of ice dams forming. Make sure to remove the snow gently so you do not damage your roof.
- Rake your roof as often as possible, or at the very least when there is 6 inches of snowfall. The more snow that is built up on your roof, the more compact and hard it will become, making it much more difficult to remove.
- Use any type of salt products on your roof. Salt products will lead to discoloration of your shingles and dead grass or plants when it washes off.
- Use heating cables to keep your roof clear unless you are willing to pay high-energy costs. Most heating cables do not work properly or go bad within the first year of use.
For all of your home insurance needs and to ensure that your home is protected from any peril this winter, contact Insurance and Mortgage Services in Batavia, Illinois.