After extensive media hype regarding the winter storm that hit the eastern United States in late January, the final maximum snowfall came to about two feet, or, as we refer to that amount here in Cortland, Illinois, “a slight dusting.”
While “Winter Storm Juno,” as The Weather Channel designated the great 2015 snowstorm that wasn’t, didn’t deliver the civilization-ending wallop that was anticipated, snow accumulation during the winter season is nothing to take lightly.
As snow builds up on your home’s roof, and melts, and then refreezes, the weight and pressure can become too much of a burden, particularly on older roofs. That snow and ice seeps under the shingles, where it encounters your home’s radiant heat and begins slowly dripping through your roof boards and eventually makes its way down to your internal ceilings, causing water damage.
Water damage resulting from roof snow accumulation can be a gradual process. But, once melted water starts entering your home, the water damage can escalate quickly, wreaking havoc on drywall, ceilings, carpeting, hardwood floors and other surfaces.
Regularly inspecting your roof to ensure your shingles aren’t warped and overly-aged is key to preventing winter water damage. Also, clearing snow accumulation when possible can greatly decrease your chance of water damage. Long-handled snow rakes are excellent tools for pulling down enough snow to take the burden off your rooftop.
Even taking adequate precautions and staying proactive about rooftop snow removal doesn’t guarantee water damage won’t happen to your home. Thankfully, you have ServiceMaster Restoration & Cleaning Services by Skip at the ready to assist you should you experience water damage.
Water removal and water damage doesn’t have to be a financial disaster if it’s caught early. We have the proven expertise, materials and equipment necessary to help your home recover from the effects of a water damage event. If we can catch water damage early enough we can efficiently and thoroughly dry and restore building materials, carpeting and most surfaces.
If you encounter water damage in your home, don’t hesitate to contact ServiceMaster Restoration & Cleaning Services by Skip right away. We meet the water damage restoration needs of Cortland, Genoa, Sandwich, Somonauk, and DeKalb, IL.