PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM SNOW AND ICE
Snow and Ice can have a profound impact on the exterior of your home and can compromise your roof’s ability to prevent water from coming into your home. When water gets into your home, it can lead to mold, mildew and other sorts of damage. You should prepare your home and be aware of how wintry weather could potentially affect your home.
When the sun comes out and temperatures start to rise, the ice and snow on your roof start to melt and drain off the edge. In some cases, a ridge of ice forms along the edge of the roof that prevents the melting ice and snow from draining properly.
When this occurs, the water backs up behind the dam and leaks into your home. This causes damage to the ceiling, walls, insulation and the interior of your home, not to mention the repair costs.
WEIGHT OF ICE AND SNOW
Depending on where you live, one winter storm can accumulate a lot of ice and snow on your roof. For instance, in 2010 the roof of the Vikings stadium collapsed from the weight of the ice and snow on the roof.
The weight of 1 inch of ice is equal to 10-12 inches of snow on your roof. Also, if your home has taller sections or gables, the snow is more likely to accumulate in those areas.
DAMAGE TO GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS
When ice freezes on downspouts and in gutters; especially when they have not been cleared of leaves and various debris- it can cause them to break and detach from your home. This has the potential of damaging the wood on your roofline where water can enter your home and cause damage.
Make sure your home is protected against harsh winter weather, before it is too late!
WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM WINTER WEATHER
- Clean your gutters and downspouts before cold weather arrives to prevent ice from forming in them.
- Stay off your roof during freezing weather, but once the ice and snow have melted, inspect your roof for any damage.
- Trim tree branches away from your roof before winter storms to prevent roof damage
- Insulate all exposed plumbing pipes to prevent burst pipes
- Heating systems should also be cleaned and serviced each year before they are used to ensure they are safe and working properly.
If you experience water intrusion from snow and ice, call United Services to evaluate your problem area(s). United Services can mitigate the damage caused by the water intrusion and assist you in fixing the source of the problem. CALL 1-877-253-2620 visit our website at www.usstl.com.