by Melissa Gilbo, CISR on Dec 29, 2016
Here are some helpful winter tips regarding Frozen Pipes and Ice Dams to help you do everything possible to be prepared for this COLD New England winter season!!
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Tips for keeping your pipes from freezing:
Preventing Ice Dams
Don’t let winter get the best of you! We want to help you prepare and survive this winter season. By now you’re probably well aware of ice dams and all the trouble they caused during the record-breaking winter of 2014-2015! But just in case, we wanted to share some tips on ice dam preparation and prevention.
What is an Ice Dam?
Ice dams are ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof and prevent melting snow from draining off your roof.
Water that backs up behind the dam can leak into your home and cause damage. Walls, insulation and ceilings are at the greatest risk for damage. Look for these warning signs:
What to do if you have an Ice Dam?
Remove the first three to four feet of snow from the roofline with a roof rake or soft bristled broom. If the home is too tall to reach the roof then hire a roofing professional to clear the snow. Contact your insurance company right away if you notice water leaking into your home.
Contact us at 978-352-8000 or info [at] georgetowninsurance [dot] com if you have any questions about this and other insurance topics. We are always here to help you make insurance decisions and answer questions you have about your policy. Wishing you a safe, happy and warm holiday season!