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Ice Damming & Winter Weather

Blog by Sara Kalke | March 21st, 2013

I am re-posting this article due to the crazy weather!

Here is a great article from Gord Enders, General Manager, Direct-Line Insurance that was included in the REALTORS Association Weekly Review this week, with tips on how to avoid ice damming.  If you remember last year's HUGE dump of snow, ice damming was one of the major issues that caused insurance adjusters and contractors to be working well into the summer months to repair the extensive property damage across greater Edmonton.  As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Managing Snow Load and Ice Damming

While it has been a very mild and dry winter until recently, remember it is Alberta and we only need to wait the proverbial five minutes; plus, we are heading into the months when the majority of snow falls.

Snow load and ice damming may cause serious problems if not addressed immediately. Snow load can lead to roof collapse and ice damming may cause water damage in your attic and home. You may or may not have coverage depending upon your insurance provider.

Here are few tips to help you weather the winter.

  • Check your roof after major storms. Ensure there are no large drifts and remove snow from the eaves if snow pack is greater than 12 – 18 inches.
  • Ensure vents are cleared so as not to trap warm air under the snow contributing to ice damming.
  • Check the eaves regularly – the bottom two feet of your roof is usually where ice damming will occur.
  • If you find ice forming on your roof, remove the snow from on top of it, and sprinkle melting salt on it that is safe for roofs.
  • Always work in pairs on a roof for safety. Consider hiring a snow removal professional to avoid the risk entirely.

These are just a few suggestions to help you through the winter. Always remember to consult your insurance provider to find out specifically what your policy covers and excludes.


Gord Enders
General Manager, Direct-Line Insurance