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Although icicles may look nice hanging off your house, they are a warning sign for potential problems. The same conditions that allow icicles to form also lead to ice dams. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. The water that is trapped by the ice dam can eventually leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
What causes ice dams?
First, heat collects in the attic and warms the roof – except at the eaves. Then, snow melts on the warm roof and the water flows down to meet the cold eaves and freezes. Lastly, ice builds up along the eaves, forming a dam. The warm roof continues to melt the snow, and water gets trapped behind the newly formed dam. This sitting water seeps into the interior of the attic and affects the walls, ceiling, and insulation.
How do I prevent ice dams?
Protect your home from ice damage with these tips. For help finding the right home insurance in Connecticut, contact the independent insurance professionals at North American Underwriters. Serving New Britain, Bristol, Farmington, Plainville, and all of Connecticut; we will work with you to ensure you have the right amount of protection for your specific situation, all at the right price.