Ice damming is a common occurrence in the Fox Valley area during the winter months. Ice damming is when heavy snow buildup melts from warmer temperatures and then freezes when temperatures drop. When this cycle is repeated the melted water and ice work up under your roof’s shingles and water enters your attic. This can lead to damage on your ceilings, walls, and the interior of your home. How do you prevent ice damming?Here is a quick checklist for you:
- Have a well-insulated attic: By making sure that your attic is well-insulated, you can minimize the likelihood of ice damming.
- Properly ventilated attic: This helps manage the temperature in your attic and can help combat ice build-up.
- Clean you gutters: If you keep the gutters clean on your home, you are less likely to have a build up of water and ice under your shingles.
- Drainage: Make sure that your drainage is working properly. If you do not allow for proper drainage, you are more likely to get leaks in your attic and home.
- Keep branches and trees trimmed around your home: If you can keep your roof clear of debris and branches you are less likely to have blockage in your gutters.
If you do have the misfortune of having water in your home from ice damming, burst pipes, or frozen spigots remember:
- Water damage is time sensitive.
- Call us first so we can get started on mitigation right away.
- Review your home insurance policy and we can help you start your claim.
- The sooner Restoration 1 of Fox Valley can get to you, the closer you are to getting your home back.