Snow Damages this year have been high and probably will continue as we have experienced the 3rd largest snowfall in Michigan history. Snow has been coming down all over the state of Michigan this winter, and a lot of snow can make for school closings, travel issues not to mention the risks of homes and businesses.
We would like to make sure you know about #WinterPrep and #WinterSafety – two major issues that the National Weather Service is urging everyone to learn and support. With the amounts of snow we are getting we want to make you aware that it can affect your business and home! Snow buildup on the roof can cause roof collapses, and melted ice that refreeze also can cause ice dams, which all can be an issue for property owners.
Here are some tips on how to avoid these issues this winter.
It is important to know of the snow damage and winter water damage can occur to your property if you do not take preventative measures in the fall and winter. A roof can collapse from the sheer weight of snow quite easily; it just takes the right amount. Also, ice dams are a large issue that is often overlooked by homeowners until it is too late. An ice dam can form when water from the melting snow re-freezes at the edge of the roofline near the gutters. Without removing snow from your roof, the ice dam has the potential to grow large enough to prevent any water from draining off of your roof. The water will then back up underneath the roof shingles and make its way inside of your home. From there, the water could impact anything from the ceilings to the insulation and even the floors. If you don’t know that this is happening, chances are you won’t even think to look, and that gives mold a chance to begin to grow, as it will have the perfect environment to do so.
Rapid Recovery Service on how can you prevent snow damage, ice dams and broken pipes from happening. For starters, everyone must remove snow from business and home roof after every significant snow storm. You can use a roof rake, broom or shovel to clear the first three to four feet of snow from your roof following each winter storm to prevent ice dams from forming. The amount of snow and ice that your roof can handle can vary depending on the roof type, the age, and the condition of the structure; but a great rule of thumb is if there is one or more feet of heavy snow and ice on your roof that you should try and have it removed. Make sure all water lines outside are turned off and that any outer wall piping is well insulated and not covered in snow.
Also, cleaning downspouts will be beneficial and will be an easy way to help snow and ice drain off of your roof. This will make it possible for your gutters to drain when the snow does melt, and it will also help prevent flooding when the snow and ice melts.
For long term prevention against snow damage, the best way to prevent ice dams is to fix and remove the conditions of how they formed initially. A good first step to take is to ensure attic area is insulated to help prevent the melting and freezing cycle that ultimately causes the ice dams to form. Make sure to check and seal the areas that warm air could possibly leak, including exhaust fans, chimneys, vent pipes, attic hatches, and even light fixtures.
For even better prevention, you can add an extra barrier under your shingles – it is called a water membrane. It will act as an extra barrier that will help prevent water from seeping inside of a home or business building.
If you think that you do in fact have an ice dam or excessive amounts of snow on your roof, you will want to take care of it quickly to eliminate the threat of your roof collapsing or any interior water damage due to the ice dams. When an ice dam is on a roof it doesn’t automatically mean that you have winter water damage. If you have sustained damage, check for water stains or moisture in the attic.
For snow and ice dam removal, you will want to make sure that you can reach the roof safely or call a professional. When we get hired to remove snow and ice dams Rapid Recovery Service Professionals simply try and knock the ice dam off with a roof rake, or cut a channel through the ice to allow the standing water to drain down. We have specialized equipment and years of experience – don’t worry Call us!