Cold temperatures have been a constant nuisance for the past month or more in most of the country, but now the temperatures are finally beginning to warm up. This means that all of the accumulated ice and snow from the past two months will begin to thaw out, and this while the temperatures rising may be a good thing, the aftermath of the thaw will not.
Due to the fluctuations that have been occurring with the temperatures, it has led to the snow melting and refreezing just a day later. This can cause ice dams on the eaves of your home, as well as large amounts of snowpack and ice on your roof. Ice dams are caused when the warm air from the attic heats up the snow and it trickles down to the eaves where it is much colder. This water then freezes and the water backs up behind it; this is where the real problem begins!
Once the water backs up behind the ice dam, it will force its way through the cracks and crevices of the shingles and can then trickle down into homes and businesses alike. This season has been terrible for ice dams, as the weather has been highly conducive for their formation. Some homeowners may not even know that they have a problem with melting snow on their roof and could possibly sustain water damage.
Home Improvement and Restoration companies have been keeping quite busy over the past couple of weeks helping residents throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and even parts of the South recover after sustaining damage due to the ice dams. These aren’t the only winter-related issues that many property owners may face in the coming week though; snow melt is also going to become a large problem.
Many states have accumulated more than a foot of snow throughout the last month, and there hasn’t really been a mild day within this time period to get rid of this snowpack. When all of this snow melts at one time it can lead to excessive water buildup everywhere, and this can lead to flooding in the home, as well as water damage due to snow melting on the roof. If there are large amounts of snow on a roofing structure and it all melts at one time, it will more than likely lead to water damage. Even if the homeowner has been proactive about removing the snow from the roof, it could still have an impact.
The best way to combat these issues is by making sure that you keep a careful eye on your property. Check all areas of your home such as your basement, attic, and ceilings to check for water stains. With all of this snow melting on the ground, it could also trigger a basement flood. Making sure that your sump pump is in good working order is vital to preventing a disastrous water event in your home. If you do want to check to make sure that it is working properly, you can pour a bucket of water down the sump pump and if the water is cleared quickly, then you know your sump pump is in good condition; if not, then you may want to have it inspected.
There really isn’t much that a homeowner can do to prevent these types of damages from occurring except for removing the ice dams, trying to remove most of the snow from their roof, and checking their sump pump to make sure that it will work effectively if faced with quickly melting snow. If you would rather not take on any of these projects, there are many companies that can come out to your property and remove the ice dams, remove the snow, and even check your sump pump.