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We've been on a weather roller coaster these last few weeks-and there's more ups and downs in the forecast.  As snow comes and goes, many homeowners experience ice dams building up in our gutters or on low-sloping roof areas.  Unfortunately, this means that a blockage has been created and the water from melting snow on your roof has no place to go.  Water can then potentially back up under your shingles.  Damage is normally incurred on your walls, ceilings or insulation.  Very rarely are your shingles effected.  Here are some tips on how to lower your chances of ice dam damage:

1.  Keep gutters and downspouts clear so water can be channeled away from your roof.
2.  Check your attic and tops of exterior walls for water stains on a normal basis.
3.  Safely remove any excess ice or snow from the edge of your roof.  You can purchase a snow rake for your roof at most home improvement stores.
4.  Insulating your attic is a long-term prevention of any ice build-up.

Spring will soon be around the corner and we'll then be talking about flooding basements!

Stay warm and dry out there!
Posted 12:24 PM

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