Can we now safely say that spring-time has finally come to the nation’s capital?
Luckily, while we might still see a few snowflakes fall down, we can now be certain we are moving towards much warmer weather, judging by how fast the snow is melting on the ground!
As we all know by now, this winter has been particularly harsh and as we still experienced rough winter conditions these past weeks, we noticed something that raised concern: it seemed that some water was trapped on our roof, unable to trickle down due to ice build-up on its outer perimeter
We were informed by our roofing contractor that this phenomenon, called ‘ice-damming’, could quickly lead to leaks and, of course, all the associated damage related to water damage on a roof.
I was relieved when our roofers in Ottawa explained to us that this problem was due to the perimeter of the roof being free of insulation. In my mind at first, this simply meant I could take an old rake and try to break the ice myself. But wait! Not so fast!
As my roofing contractor explained, taking the serious matter of ice-damming (or any roofing issues) into my own hands might lead to a loss of insurance coverage if something went wrong. As each insurance policy is different, he encouraged me to carefully read-up on the consequences of attempting to fix the problem myself.
As the most reputable roofers know, fixing one’s roof after a long and harsh winter is no DIY matter at all.
Our roofers informed us that our first action should be to contact a roofing contractor as soon as we realize the icicles on our roof are getting thicker than a can of soda. It turns out this is a very good indicator a homeowner is dealing with an ice-dam.
Refusing to deal with an ice-dam can have devastating consequences. Indeed, keeping our head in the sand never pays! Especially since roofers are fully equipped to come and steam the ice off any roof in order to prevent flooding as the snow melts away.
After hearing about the potential loss of insurance coverage—not to mention the injury potential—of trying to remove imposing icicles from a roof by myself, it is clear that this is a job for the pros, not me.
Since I work hard to keep a roof over my head, my first reflex will always be to call my roofing contractor when it needs a professional touch-up!