Ice Damming – What Is It? And What Can I Do About It?

Spinell Homes is aware of the many cases this year of “ice damming” and would like to offer some advice on how to deal with it.

We strongly suggest that during the winter months you monitor the level of snow on your roof. As snow builds up it can cover the vents for your attic, as well as the vents for your furnace and hot water heater. This can result in your attic not venting properly and your heating sources to not work correctly. In addition, as the snow melts and then freezes again at night it can cause what is known as “ice damming.” This is when ice forms at the edge of the roof, then slowly grows up the roof as the thaw/freeze cycle continues.

This process can continue until the ice forces its way under the shingles and into the attic where it melts off, causing damage in the house. We highly suggest shoveling off your roof any time the snow level covers your roof vents or when you see ice accumulating at the ends of your roof.

The responsibility for shoveling your roof falls under the category of Homeowner Maintenance. By performing this task you can help maintain your new home and prevent costly water damage. And the bright side is…. spring is right around the corner!