We are having a very active winter this year! Long periods of extremely cold weather and a lot of snow are the perfect formula for ice dams and that can cause roofs to leak. Ice dams are formed at the edge of roofs and gutters when we have thawing and refreezing of snow on roofs. The dams continue to grow larger and will back up higher in the roof line as continued melting occurs. Melted snow gets trapped by the ice dam and that keeps water from draining off the roof, and this is where the damage begins. This water can get forced under the shingles and cause dripping through the roof, into the attic, the insulation and into the rest of the inside of the home.
Make sure you contact your insurance carrier right away to report all damage and get your claim started. This will help manage the loss quickly and safely. Your carrier may even pay something towards having the snow removed from the roof if damage is sustained. Be careful and if you do not have the right equipment it is better to have a professional remove the snow.
This winter has been colder for longer stretches of time and these conditions can cause damages. Take all precautions that you can and soon it will be spring!