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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Sneaky Winter Storm Damage to Your Home

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

When we think of winter storms in Indiana and the damage it causes to property, we often think of ice laden limbs on roofs and dramatically bursting pipes after freezing weather. While these occurrences are all too common, it's often the damage you don't see right away that can be the most harmful. 

Snow and ice can slowly build on roofs and create what is known as an ice dam. This is a ridge of ice that forms on the roof and prevents water (snow melt) from properly draining off the roof. That water then has no where to go and will begin to back up and leak into the home. This causes water damage to walls, ceilings, and insulation. This moisture can also contribute to mold growth inside your home.

There are steps you can take to avoid ice dams before severe weather hits. Keep your gutters clear of debris, especially leaves and other items that can accumulate during the fall. Properly insulate your home so warm air does not escape from living areas to the attic, which causes the snow melt.  

Even with preventative measures, ice dams can build up and water can begin to leak through cracks and openings in the exterior of your roof.

If you are experiencing damage to your home as a result of winter weather, contact the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson. Our trained technicians will identify the source of the water and begin the drying process immediately. Our goal is to return your home to its preloss state and help you keep costs and damage to a minimum. Call us anytime day or night at 317-773-0422. 

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