Ice dams can cause serious damage to your house this winter.

As you turn up your thermostat this season to help stay warm and cozy, do you think about how it will affect your roof? If you said no, you are not alone. However, taking the snow on your roof into consideration when you turn on your heater can help to prevent any serious damage caused by ice dams this winter.

Ice dams form when the heat in your attic causes the snow on your roof to melt, which then flow to the end of your roof. Once the water reaches the eaves of your roof where there is no more heat, the water refreezes. As the cycle continues, the re-frozen ice builds up, forming a dam and not allowing more water to flow off your roof. When the water cannot make its way off your roof, it backs up into your roof and walls, causing serious and expensive damage.

Luckily, there are many steps that you can take to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof. Make sure your attic is properly insulated to limit the amount of heat that is able to make it to your roof. You should also remove as much snow from your roof as possible after a storm, only if you can do so safely and have the proper tools.

If you already have ice dams on your roof, you may want to call in the professionals. A professional contractor will be able to remove the ice dam safely to ensure that you don’t have to deal with any big issues this season.

Taking a look at your homeowners insurance this winter will help to give you the peace of mind that you deserve knowing that you are covered in case of any peril this season. Contact the independent insurance professionals at North Central Insurance in Elk River, Minnesota for all of your home insurance needs.