Get covered in minutes!

Car

Property

Home > Blog > Ice Dams

Ice Dams

ice damDon’t let winter get the best of you! MAPFRE wants to help you prepare and survive this season. By now you’re probably well aware of ice dams and all the trouble they can cause. But just in case you aren’t, we wanted to share some tips on ice dam preparation and prevention.

What is an Ice Dam?
Ice dams are ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof and prevent melting snow from draining off your roof.
Water that backs up behind the dam can leak into your home and cause damage. Walls, insulation and ceilings are at the greatest risk for damage.

What to do if you have an Ice Dam?
Remove the first three to four feet of snow from the roofline with a roof rake or soft bristled broom. If the home is too tall to reach the roof then hire a roofing professional to clear the snow. Contact your MAPFRE Insurance agent as soon as possible.

Sources:
www.disastersafety.org/ibhs-risks-freezing-weather/reduce-winter-weather-damage-to-businesses

https://bct.eco.umass.edu/publications/by-title/preventing-ice-dams/

http://www.gaf.com/Roofing/Residential/Products/Leak_Barriers

Articles

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun and exciting time for both children and adults alike! The holiday is typically spent trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, and attending parties. But according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Halloween can be a...

read more
Massachusetts RMV to Make Inspection Sticker Changes

Massachusetts RMV to Make Inspection Sticker Changes

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will soon change how it handles late vehicle inspection stickers. The change means that beginning November 1, 2022, vehicles that pass inspection will get a new sticker with the month the last sticker expired, according to...

read more
Does My Car Insurance Cover Other Drivers?

Does My Car Insurance Cover Other Drivers?

It's nice to be able to help out a family member or friend by letting them borrow your car if they need it. However, it pays to know what your insurance policy covers just in case that person gets into a collision in your vehicle. If they aren't covered, you could be...

read more