While icicles hanging from your roof may look kind of nice, giving your home a kind of “winter wonderland” feeling they may actually be a sign of damage. Icicles often form as a result of ice damming on your roofline. These ice dams occur when the snow on your roof melts and then freezes near the bottom of your roofline. This ice can backup under your shingles and cause damage.
Ice dams can result in:
Deforming or damaging your eaves troughs
Loosening or damaging shingles
Rooting the plywood on the rood
Water melting and leaking into the attic
Damage to framing, drywall, and insulation
To help prevent ice damming:
Make sure the attic is properly ventilated, the colder the attic the less likely the snow on the roof is to melt
Check that the attic is properly insulated, keeping the warm air in your home and the cold air in your attic
Make sure the exhaust fans for things like your kitchen range and bathroom vans are ventilated outside, not into the attic
Make sure your attic hatch is properly sealed
Take note of where icicles and ice damming is forming and try to remedy it in the spring, a little preventative maintenance goes a long way.
So if you have icicles hanging from your roof or if you are concerned with ice damming and want to ensure you are properly protected if you do have some damage call Absolute Insurance Brokers today at 1-877-941-2266 or email us.