ice dam photoAs we continue to trudge through another New England winter, Thorp & Trainer wants you to be aware of a silent danger that could damage your home or business. Heavy precipitation and freezing temperatures can have a negative impact on your property, and one particular hazard comes in the form of ice dams.

An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms along your roof, typically near the gutters.  Ice dams result from poor attic insulation, and poor attic and roof ventilation.  Even if the temperatures are freezing outside, poor insulation will cause snow to melt too fast on your roof.  As the accumulated snow on your roof starts melting down to the “colder” sections it begins to refreeze.  This process leads to the creation of ice dams.  The buildup of water has no place to go and may eventually seep into your home, causing extensive damage to walls, insulation, and ceilings.  If left untreated, homes could become a target for mold growth as well.

The best way to avoid ice dams is to make certain your home is properly insulated, and be sure to seal any air leaks in your attic.  It is also a good idea to keep gutters free of debris that could adversely affect water flow.  Ice dam removal should only be attempted by a trained, roofing professional.  Never step out onto an icy roof, as there is a great risk of personal injury.  

If you would like more information on how you can help your home or business weather the storm, please call Thorp & Trainer today.