(NC) As winter slows down and the warmer weather begins dissolving the snow on your rooftop, know about the potential danger of ice damming, which can make harm both the outside and inside of your home.
What causes ice damming?
An ice damming is created when rooftop snow melts amid the day and then freezes again during the evening around the edges or eavestroughs. As this barrier of ice gets greater, it keeps further melting snow from draining off your rooftop.
At the point when water has no chance to get of getting off your rooftop, it pools there and backs up under the shingles and into your home, where it causes damage the wood structure, insulation, ceilings, wall finishes, furnishings, and personal belongings.
On the outside, ice damming are not just a wellbeing concern – they can likewise cause damage to eaves and lead to the buildup of a white, powdery residue (known as efflorescence) on concrete and brickwork.
What you can do
The best thing you can do is to prevent ice dams before they occur. Not long after a snowfall, utilize a rooftop rake to remove snow from the first meter of your roof. In the event that you at present have ice buildup on your rooftop and need it removed, consider hiring an experienced professional to do it for you.
What not to do
Try not to climb onto the rooftop to try and clear snow or ice – you can harm your home and seriously harmed yourself. Throwing salt or de-icing chemicals on roof ice is also a bad idea, as this may cause shingles to deteriorate.
Does your new home warranty cover it?
If you own a newly built home, your guarantee may cover problems related with ice damming on the off chance that they are the result of a building defect. If you’re unsure, contact Tarion at tarion.com.
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