Prepare Your Home for The Winter Season
Did you experience any unfortunate ice dam damage? Want to learn how to prevent them from forming for this year’s Winter? Well, you came to the right place!
Those lucky enough to be unaware of this term, an ice dam is when ice builds-up on your roof often resulting in water damage to the building due to a leak. Now that it is warm enough outside ice dams are no longer on your mind, but they should be. Summer is the perfect time for home repairs and improvements to prevent future ice dam issues.
Here are a few tips to help prevent ice dams from damaging your home this coming Winter:
- Your attic is a big cause of ice dams, as heat leaves your attic it causes the ice on your roof to melt and the cold weather will refreeze this melted snow once it reaches the edge of your roof. By insulating your attic floor, you can help keep your home’s heat inside.
- By ventilating your attic better you will help keep cold air flowing, preventing snow from melting. Installing extra vents will help keep your attic cool and help prevent ice-dams.
- Heating Coils. Eliminate any back-up of ice on your roof’s edge or in your gutters by installing heating coils, these will keep the melted snow from re-freezing. There are different types of heating coils that should be used for each, we recommend consulting a professional before purchasing or installing either.
- Water & Ice Shield. Adding this protective membrane underneath the shingles on your roof will help prevent any water that happens to get under the shingles from leaking into your home.
(It is recommended you consult a professional before making any drastic changes to your home.)
Help prevent future ice dams from damaging your home by taking these preventative measures this summer. To ensure you have your home fully covered from any perils, contact your trusted agent at Insurance & Mortgage Services today!