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When Icicles On Your Twin Lake Home Turn From Pretty To A Problem

1/23/2024 (Permalink)

Illustration of ice dam Water damage from an ice dam? We're Here to Help®

Icicles on your home may give it a quaint look during the winter months, but they can actually be indicating a potential water damage problem - ice dams.  Ice dams occur when heavy snow buildup melts during the day and then refreezes overnight when temperatures drop.  After several days of this melting-freezing cycle, it is common for the melted water and ice to work up under the shingles of your roof, entering your attic, and then eventually damaging ceilings, walls, and contents.

There's no guarantee that an ice dam won't damage your home, but you can take the following steps to help reduce the chances of an ice dam forming to begin with:

  • Thoroughly clean all leaves, sticks, and debris from your gutters and downspouts to allow proper flow.
  • Make every effort to keep snow on your roof to a minimum.  Roof rakes are a safe way to pull snow off of your roof while standing on the ground.
  • Throughout the winter months, keep gutters and downspouts clear of snow and icicles.
  • Evaluate the insulation and ventilation in your attic.  In Michigan, experts recommend a R-value of R-38.  Good airflow under the eaves or soffit area along the underside of the roof and out through the roof vents is essential.  Proper insulation prevents heat loss from the inside of the home and venting allows the attic air to stay cold enough to prevent or minimize the freeze/thaw cycle on your roof.

If an ice dam causes water damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Muskegon, 231-733-7601, we're Here to help®

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