Increasing number of ice dams forming on homes this winter season

WMass has been hit with a lot of snow so far this year

Funds can assist homeowners in repairing winter damage from issues like ice dams

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)– Week after week, after week, the snow has piled on all over western Massachusetts and all that snow can be troublesome for your home’s roof.

“I have a terrible flat roof on my bathroom which has caused me nothing but pain this winter so I shovel that everyday and hopefully this snow will end in the near future.” Richard Desousa, from Hampden, told 22News about his difficulties with the snow.

Another common problem popping up this winter is ice dams. They form when heat escaping from your home melts the snow piled up on your roof. When temperatures drop that melted snow refreezes and once that happens any more melting can back water up into your ceiling.

Adam Quenneville, owner of Adam Quenneville Roofing & Siding, told 22News that back up can cause serious damage to your home. “You can see sheet rock damage, you can see stains, the water getting onto your floors, into your windows, behind your walls, very extensive damage can happen from ice dams,” Quenneville said.

Quennville also said the last two months of very low temperatures have translated into more calls for help with ice damns this winter than he’s had in the last three combined.

By getting rid of that first few feet of snow above that gutter line you’ll expose the big icy build up allowing any sunlight we get to help melt it away. You can do that by raking your roof after each significant snowfall.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says its safest to do all your roof raking from the ground rather than a ladder, and reminds you to keep the rake away from any power lines around your home.

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