NOW:53211:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
57°
H 63° L 41°
Clear | 0MPH

Rooftop Snow Could Spell Trouble with Ice Dams

Jan. 11, 2010

January 8, 2010 – Driveways and sidewalks may not be the only things that need clearing after the recent heavy snows in Milwaukee County. Residents may want to turn their attention to their roofs to prevent home damage caused by ice dams, says American Family Insurance.

 

Ice dams form when melting snow runs down the slope of the roof and refreezes near the edge. As more snow melts and runs down the roof, water builds up behind the ice dam and seeps into the home, damaging drywall, carpeting and cabinets; and sometimes even collapsing ceilings.

 

“The recent snowstorms have created conditions that are ideal for ice dams,” says American Family Agent Pete Gramoll. “The good news is that in some cases homeowners can prevent the situation from becoming a major problem.”

 

The best approach is to clear snow from the bottom 6 feet of the roof, which allows water from the melted snow to reach the gutters and drain to the ground. This can be done – without climbing on the roof – by using an extendable “roof rake” that can be purchased from a hardware store or homemade. It is not necessary to clear snow from the entire roof.

 

“Our hope is to nip the problem before it occurs so homeowners can save on the deductible expense they would incur if they did sustain damage and had to file a claim,” Pete says.

 

Long-term, a key to ice dam prevention is keeping the building’s attic temperature as close as possible to the outside temperature. This means insulating the attic floor and installing adequate ventilation. Peak or roof-mounted vents allow warm air to exit the attic; soffit vents allow cold air to enter the attic. Both types of vents are advised.

 

Moreover, inspect gutters from the ground to see that they have not pulled away from the structure, and that the gutters slope towards the downspouts. Clean gutters and downspouts to allow unobstructed flow of running water to the ground.

 

Pete Gramoll has been an agent for American Family Insurance since 1975. His office is located at 4484 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. Pete can be contacted at 414-332-0838.

 

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Brown Deer trustees approve Lighthouse project 9/15

» Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12 9/12

» Banks delivers big run as Greenfield rallies 9/12

» Four-story assisted living center moves forward in Brown Deer 9/9

» Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5 9/7

» Germantown football team rallies to beat Bay 9/6

» Despite another Herculean effort from Brown Deer's Baun, Rockets win thriller 9/6

» St. Monica to host car wash 9/5

» Upscale barber Groom will expand to Shorewood 9/3

» Poll: Will Whitefish Bay or Germantown win in Week 3 matchup? 9/2

» Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 29 8/29

» The social media story of Homestead at Arrowhead football 8/29

» Allen leads Homestead football team to 24-20 victory over Arrowhead 8/28

» Bay boys soccer team opens NSC defense with 3-0 win over GT 8/26

» Reward offered in search for suspect in Mequon heroin dealing 8/26

» Poll: Will Homestead or Arrowhead win in Week 2 matchup? 8/26

» Shorewood man accused of voter fraud pleads insanity 8/25

» Shorewood man charged with illegal voting enters insanity plea 8/25

» Bus driver dies after medical episode 8/25

» New option emerges for Estabrook Dam problems 8/24

» Whitefish Bay hands Lancers, Kennedy opening-night defeat 8/22

» Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22 8/22

» Whitefish Bay leads state in ACT scores 8/21

» Milwaukee police, U.S. marshals arrest teen in robbery case 8/20

» Police identify Milwaukee man fatally shot in Bayside store Updated:  8/15

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss
Deal Watch - Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Best Discounts & Deals

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT