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Newbrook Insurance Blog: ice dam

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Long-term Tips for Preventing Ice Dams: Insulate your attic. Make sure your attic is well insulated to help prevent the melting-and-freezing cycle that causes ice dams to form. Check and seal places where warm air could leak from your house to the attic, including vent pipes, exhaust fans, chimneys, attic hatches and light fixtures. READ MORE >>

Here is the next part in our ice dam series and how it can affect your Long Island Homeowners Insurance How Do You Know if You Have an Ice Dam? Look carefully at the icicles around the exterior of your house. If they are confined to the gutters and there is no water trapped behind them, then an ice dam has likely not formed. READ MORE >>

How to Help Prevent an Ice Dam from Forming: Remove snow from your roof after every storm. To begin with, use a roof rake to clear snow from the edge of your roof upwards of three to four feet immediately after each storm. In addition to helping prevent an ice dam from forming, this will lessen the stress on your home’s roof. READ MORE >>

How to Remove an Ice Dam: Melt the ice dam. Fill a nylon stocking with calcium chloride ice melt, and place it vertically across the ice dam so that it melts a channel through the dam. If you try this, make sure you can safely position the ice melt on your roof, and make sure to use calcium chloride, not rock salt. READ MORE >>

Not sure exactly what an ice dam on your roof is?  The following graphic is a great example.Stay tuned for more information on dealing with ice dams on your Long Island Home so you can prevent an insurance claim for internal water damage. READ MORE >>

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