WINTER WOES #1–Warming will soon happen and there are things you MUST do now to prevent WATER DAMAGE to your home before the warming occurs. In today’s post, we will touch on the concern of ice dams. These form when snow melts and freezes, blocking gutters and forcing ice up under shingles. As the snow and ice in and around the ice dam warm and melt, they will leak water into the home, affecting insullation, wood beams and drywall. Moisture in the home can cause mold if not dried quickly & properly. If you experience water leakage due to an ice dam, call your agent immediately!
Mold forms with-in 24 hours and is extremely expensive to have removed. Mold poses a threat to your health and the integrity of your home. Mold damage is also EXCLUDED under most homeowner’s insurance policies, so it’s important to mitigate water damage BEFORE mold growth begins! Water leakage casued by an ice dam may be covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy, but a call to your agent will relieve all doubt.
Below are a couple youtube videos that address ice dam removal. However, when in doubt, contact a professional to have ice dams removed and NEVER use salt or chloride on your roof!
Part 2 – How to use safe ice dam products that won’t harm your roof, Ice Dam First Response, Ice Dam Attack, Ice Dam Blaster. No Salt, No Chlorides.
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