When the winter weather comes, you are used to shoveling, blowing snow, salting the sidewalks and scraping windshields. But in addition to these building and vehicle protection measures, there is another winter threat to look out for. Ice ponds can appear on a roof over time as snow and ice melt and freeze during the winter months. The resulting ice masses on your gutters or roof edges are not only a threat to your home or business, they can also be dangerous to anyone under them.
Learn how to prevent ice dust and protect your home or business throughout the season. long. Follow these four tips.
- Stay informed on how they are formed. The main factor that leads to ice ponds is uneven heating over a roof. The roof over a wind can be warm enough to melt snow and ice. However, the edge of the roof, often not above the physical structure, can remain cold. Snow and ice runoff can re-freeze when it hits this section, and the blockage can gradually build up over time. Instead, that water can leak into your home or business and cause mold, mildew and even structural damage.
- Set them up quickly. Your home or business can be sensitive to ice ponds if you see icicles hanging from your gutters, an accumulation of ice along the tops of your gutters or roof edges, ice in your soffit or soffit valves, ice or water on your siding, or ice around your windows . If you discover any of these problems during the winter months, call a professional immediately to stop further internal or external damage such as collapsed gutters.
- Take action and hire a professional. You can help stop ice ponds from forming in the future with some preventative measures. First clean the gutters from all leaves, sticks and debris before snow and ice appear and during the winter months. Then have a professional evaluate the insulation, ventilation and airflow in the attic to better regulate the temperature above your roof.
- Get the right coverage. Winter weather can cause unexpected damage to your home or business. To ensure you are covered, talk to a local, independent agent about your home or business insurance coverage.
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