Though winter can be a time of beauty in northeast Ohio, it also comes with hazards. With that beautiful snow comes ice that can pose a threat to your home. Being aware of the kind of damage ice can do to your home will keep you from having some nasty surprises when the snowstorms start.
Types of Ice Damage
- Frozen Pipes
The first way ice can damage your home is through frozen pipes. While this may seem like it’s not a big deal, other than the inconvenience of having no water, frozen pipes can cause a lot of damage. Because water expands when it freezes, a frozen pipe can burst causing water damage in your home.
- Ice Dams
Ice dams are formed on roofs when water freezes and melts, freezes and melts. Most often, this occurs on your roof when the melted water pools in your gutters and along your roof edges. When the water re-freezes it adds to the weight of your roof damaging it and your gutters.
- External Forces
When an ice storm hits, damage occurs not only within your home through burst pipes and ice dams but from external forces as well. The weight of ice on tree branches can cause them to snap, damaging your roof and siding when they fall.
Signs of Ice Damage
While a frozen tree limb tearing a hole in your roof makes you aware almost immediately that your home has sustained ice damage (Is there a sudden draft in here?), damage from burst pipes and ice dams can be a little more subtle and you may not realize right away that there is an issue. There are several things to keep an eye out for when identifying potential ice damage.
- Dislodged Shingles
As water freezes and melts it can loosen the shingles on your roof. If you notice any loose shingles or shingles that have come off your roof, it may be a sign that your home has damage from an ice dam. Dislodged shingles from ice dams can lead to more serious home damage issues.
- Water Stains
Water from ice that runs under your shingles, can cause damage within your home. If you notice water stains on your ceiling or walls it’s a sign that there is a problem. Water stains are not only a sign that you may have roof damage from an ice dam, but they are also a sign that you may have a pipe that has frozen and burst.
Preventing Ice Damage
By properly winterizing your home, you can prevent many problems associated with ice damage. Making sure your have proper ventilation and insulation in your roof and attic can help stop ice dams before they start. When it comes to potentially frozen pipes, know where you have pipes in unheated locations. You may want to invest in getting these pipes insulated to help prevent freezing. If you go to turn on the faucet and there’s no water, your pipes have already frozen. Opening cupboard doors where pipes are located i.e. under the kitchen sink and applying a heat source can help you restore water flow.
Allen Keith Can Repair Ice Damage
Sometimes despite all our best efforts, ice damage to our home occurs. In that case, we here at Allen Keith Construction Co. can help you with any repairs that may need done. With 35 years experience dealing with storm damage, we can replace everything from drywall to brickwork to siding. We even have crews on call 24/7. So if that big old oak in your yard has just dropped a frozen limb on your roof, give us a call and we’ll come out and put a tarp over the hole. Even if it’s 2 a.m.
Contact Allen Keith for Ice Damage Repair Information
With a team you can trust and experienced experts, Allen Keith is committed to helping you out during any ice storm crisis your home may suffer. Contact us today for more information about the storm repair services we offer.