Though winter is almost behind us, there is still the potential for nasty, severe snowstorms to pass through. Winter is one of the harshest seasons on your home, leading to issues such as ice dams and frozen pipes that could result in numerous costly repairs. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help protect your home against these frozen hazards.
Ice dams are a common roofing problem during the winter months and are caused by poor roof ventilation. They can cause severe damage to your gutters, roof, insulation, and structure which will result in costly repairs. These dams form when the snow melts off of the roof but freezes right at the edge. As snow continues to melt, the water will continue to flow down to these dams, causing them to grow.
Over time, the weight of these ice buildups can cause significant damage to various roofing elements, resulting in roof repairs, gutter repairs, and more.
Frozen water pipes are another common problem during the winter and are even more damaging than ice dams. Unlike the slow formation of heavy ice in your gutters, a frozen pipe can happen instantly. Frozen pipes can not only interfere with your home’s heating, but they can also cause flooding within the wall cavities.
If you are experiencing home issues related to winter weather, contact our roofing company in Ramsey County, MN, for a free home inspection today at (952) 544-7663.