Snow Damage— What to Look Out For

If you live in Maryland or the surrounding areas, then you know that this winter has brought the first heavy snow in a few years. With the frigid weather returning, and the ground blanketed in white, many people are stuck in the house while everything continues to ice over. Despite the beauty and serenity of a snowy day, it is always important to be aware of the risks that come with it. This is especially prevalent to homeowners. By knowing the possible damage that snow can cause— and making the proper preparations— you can stay on top of the cold season. 

Let’s take a look at some of the most common damage that snow can cause:

  1. Ice Dams— These are caused by water freezing on the eaves of a roof. When this builds up over time, it prevents water from being able to properly drain from the roof. Snow can cause ice dams as it melts and refreezes, so it is important to keep an eye on your roof in order to notice ice dams before they worsen and cause real damage.
  2. Leaks— Leaks can be caused by ice dams, clogged gutters, pre-existing damage, and much more. If you have a leak, it is important to call a professional as soon as possible to stop it from worsening. 
  3. Gutter Damage— Damaged or clogged gutters can lead to the two problems listed above as well as many others. Gutters can be clogged by snow, ice, and other debris. In addition, the heavy weight of snow can cause gutters to detach from the roof. If you notice any gutter damage whatsoever, getting it fixed as soon as possible is essential to prevent further issues. 

These are just three of the most common problems that snow can cause for homes, but there are many more issues that homeowners might see. If you suspect your home has been— or will be— damaged by the snow, give us a call today for a free inspection or consultation. Stay safe and warm and know that we are always here for you.

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