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Mounting Snow Can Cause Leaky Roofs

AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB)- Adding rainwater to the snow means it gets heavier. This adds stress on roofs and can cause leaks in your home. Most know how important it is to clear off the roof, but dread the task.

“Just going up there is a hassle, shoveling. I’m afraid of falling because of the ice,” says Manuel Carmona of Agawam.

But if not taken care of, there can be big problems. Ice dams happen when water builds up and has nowhere to go, but inside your home.

“There are cracks in the roof and its leaking inside the house now,” Carmona says.

This is a common problem for homeowners. With the snow build up, combined with water weight, there’s only so much a roof can take.

“It’s inconvenient and caused a mess,” says homeowner Frank DeCaro of Agawam.

Mold is a concern with water damage inside a home. Fixing the problem can be very expensive, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

“You can get upwards of 5-10 thousand dollars with these claims,” says Chris Dore, of CDA Roofing and Siding. “It just ends up being unforeseen costs. The key is to catch it as soon as possible,” Dore adds.

“I’ve already contacted a contractor to get everything repaired; my roof was done six years ago so it’s fairly new,” DeCaro says.

But age doesn’t necessarily matter when it comes to a leak inside your home.

“It don’t matter whether your roof is a day old, 10 years old, or 100 years old. When the elements line up like this and you’re not out there to clear the edges right away, you’re going to get ice dams,” Dore says.

Preventing ice dams in the winter is difficult, but the best thing to do is clear your roof consistently.

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  • Jeff Morgan

    We are thankfully heading into Spring and won’t have to worry about this for several more months, but I suggest homeowners take steps this spring to get their “house in order” to prevent costly damage next season.

    First thing I suggest is to inspect your rain gutters and inside your attic. Look for clogs and damage to your gutters, search for any indication of moisture or water damage in the attic.

    Next, have your insulation and ventilation checked in the attic. This is where ice dams are birthed. Poor attic insulation and ventilation are what allow ice dams to form and build into the costly messes they can become.

    Lastly, invest in a roof rake now, you may find an end of season sale. The roof rake will help keep you off the ladder and definitely off the roof next winter. Use it to rake snow off your roof during storms.

    Have a great spring!

    Jeff Morgan
    Home Improvement Ambassador