Ice Damming - The cause of interior roof leaks and window leaks.
When the temperatures plummet and snow starts falling, ice damming becomes a real issue. Ice Dams are the accumulation of ice on the edge of the roof.
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Accumulated snow on the roof begins to melt. Water then trickles down the slope of the roof until it hits a cold patch, usually the gutter. It refreezes forming a dam that prevents runoff. Additional melting snow, having no where to go, starts to seep inside the home between the siding and walls.
Generally, there is nothing that can be done while the roof is leaking other than avoiding further damage by removing your personal belongings from the area and containing the leak. (see "what to do" below)
Do Not Get On Your Roof. Trying to chip ice from the roof can cause additional damage. A professional roofing or contracting company will be put on notice of the ice damming.
Please note: Typically, repairs or inspections are not productive until the winter weather ends. In most cases, there will not be any roof damage.
WHAT TO DO:
- Notify your property manager. Either by email or telephone.
- Email: Please click here: firstname.lastname@example.org Please leave your name, address, phone number and your property manager will be calling you within 24 hours.
- Phone: Please call 614-799-9800 and follow the prompts for your property manager or dial 0 for the receptionist. Your property manager will be returning your call within 24 hours.
CONTAIN YOUR WATER LEAK:
- If you have an interior water leak please remove your household belongings from the area.
- Place a bucket if there is a steady drip; put towels in the area and/or keep the leak area mopped.
- If you have a sagging spot on your ceiling, please pierce this spot to let the water release, using a bucket. This will help to prevent further leaks.