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Ice Dam Situation in Fox Lake?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Icicles hang from a roof top. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Lake County.

SERVPRO® of Northwest Lake County sees the damage ice dams can cause to a structure in Fox Lake. The freezing-thawing-freezing process allows water to accumulate in little ponds of standing water along the eave line of a sloped roof. Here are some tips for preventing ice dam damage:

Ice Dam Prevention Tips

There’s no way to guarantee an ice dam will not damage your home, but you can reduce the likelihood of an ice dam forming in the first place:

  • Thoroughly clean all leaves, sticks, and other debris from rain gutters and downspouts
  • Strive to keep snow on your roof to a minimum. Long-handled devices called “roof rakes” let you stand on the ground and pull the snow off the roof. Keeping heavy snow loads off your roof reduces the chances of ice dam formation and roof failure due to the weight.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clear of snow and icicles all winter
  • Evaluate the insulation and ventilation in your attic. Attic insulation should have an R-value of at least R-30 (R-38 is preferable in northern climates). In addition, good airflow from under the eaves or soffit area along the underside of the roof and out through the roof vents is essential. 

Call Us Today!

When you need storm damage restoration services, Fox Lake residents and businesses can count on SERVPRO® of Northwest Lake County to clean and restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7772.

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