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Winter is here, which means snow and ice! Ice can cause devastation to your home in ways you would never think possible. Ice is heavy, and it becomes heavier as it starts to layer. Ice dams are caused through the layering of ice on your roof. That extra weight with blocked areas, can not only cause your roof to cave but can cause water damages through your roof and walls. Disaster Cleanup Services is here to educate you on ice dams and what you should look for in protecting your home.

How are Ice Dams Formed?

Most people aren’t familiar with ice dams. Ice dams are formed when your roof accumulates ice and snow that begins to melt and refreeze. When this happens, the water has nowhere to go, so it becomes more ice that layers into a large ice dam. Ice dams are massive and will not go away on their own. Ice dams will continue to grow until the weight is unbearable and your roof gives way, or water begins to enter your home. As the heat rises in your home, it causes the snow and ice to melt on your roof. As this happens, it allows the water to run off and refreeze. The water that doesn’t refreeze becomes trapped and enters your home through the seams or roofs. You may not know you have a leak until it is too late. It is important to keep an eye on your roof during the winter and call a professional if you think you have an ice dam.

Why is it Dangerous?

Ice dams are dangerous for several reasons. Heavy ice can cause devastating damages to your home. Some of the reasons ice dams are dangerous include:

  • Pieces Could Break off and Cause Injury
  • May Cause Roof Damages
  • Roof Leaks
  • Leaking Inside your Walls
  • Attic Leaks
  • Water Damages in Home

Above are just some of the dangers of ice dams. If you have an ice dam, call a professional to have it removed in a safe manner. If you have an ice dam that has caused problems to your home, don’t hesitate to call a disaster cleanup service immediately. Water damages should be handled in a prompt manner.