Heavy Pioneer Valley snow accumulation could lead to ice dams, potentially leading to headaches for Pioneer Valley homeowners Reply

The same forces that produce icicles produce ice dams.

The same forces that produce icicles produce ice dams.

There has been a lot of snow accumulating recently in the Pioneer Valley.  As we dig ourselves out, we should also be mindful of the snow on our roofs and the headache that too much snow can pose. 

The weight of the snow can lead to a roof collapse, which is the worst case scenario.  It could also lead to ice dams, which is caused by the melting and refreezing of snow, trapping water on your roof.  That trapped water can eventually leak into your home.    Icicles are pretty, but the same forces that create ice dams create icicles.

So what can one do when there is a lot of snow on one’s roof?  One option is to buy a roof rake, which can be purchased for less than $50.  They have a long handle allowing one to simply pull the snow off the roof.  It’s also a good idea to make sure your downspouts are not covered with snow.  This helps facilitate drainage.

According to thisoldhouse.com, the best way to prevent ice dams is to keep the entire roof the same temperature as the eaves, where ice dams form.    To facilitate this, one can make sure that their roof is well-ventilated, one can seal gaps that let warm air into the attic from your house, and one can make sure there is adequate insulation.  Of course, you should discuss improvements with the appropriate professional.

To read more about ice dams and preventing them, click here.

If you are planning on buying or selling a home in the Pioneer Valley, make your first call to Michael Seward at 413-531-7129. Michael Seward is a Certified Residential Specialist, a Certified Buyers Agent, a Certified Loss Mitigation Specialist, a Certified New Homes Specialist, and Green designee of the National Association of REALTORS®.

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