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Avoiding Ice Dams

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

If you’ve ever had water pooling on your floors or window sills or even leaking from the ceiling while your roof is covered with snow, you’ve experienced ice dams. They form when snow along the bottom of your roof freezes into one piece with snow packed into your gutter. As the section against the house warms up (from the house’s heat), it melts but is trapped underneath the outer layer of ice exposed to the air. The water then creeps up under the shingles and eventually down inside of the home.

A gutter guard that keeps snow from filling your gutter can also help you avoid ice dams. So can a roof rake; use it to clear away snow in the bottom one to two feet of the roof.

If you already have water leaking, please call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955 to make the disaster, “Like it never even happened.”




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