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Dayton Ice Storm Cleanup Professionals

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Ice dam on Dayton roof Heavy ice dams can cause severe damages to your property.

An ice storm can turn your everyday life upside down.

Many unpredictable weather events can take place in the early spring and late winter. An ice storm is often caused by a combination of warm and cool air. Heavy ice or snow can result in unique problems and cause severe damage to properties. Take action immediately to prevent further damages.  

If you're wondering what to do when mother nature decides to bring ice instead of snow, then read on. Let's help you figure out the problem and understand how our experts at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can mitigate the issue for you!

Storms in Dayton Ohio 

Dayton experiences challenging weather conditions such as tornadoes, ice storms, wind storms, floods, and other disasters. Heavy ice can cause carports, porches, roofs, and other outdoor buildings to collapse.

During an ice storm, you may experience:

  • Large tree branches collapsing on your property. 
  • Freezing and bursting pipes.
  • Electricity outages

When your property is damaged from an ice storm, you need a team of experts with winter storm experience. At SERVPRO, we understand how vital cleanup and restoration after a disaster can be. Our professionals have state-of-the-art tools and resources to restore your property to a pre-disaster state.

How to recover your property following an ice storm?

Damage from an ice storm is inevitable; your property will somehow end up affected. The city of Dayton experiences harsh weather conditions every now and then; locals should always be prepared for natural disasters. However, it is understandable that one can only do a little by himself. Before calling professional help, you can still take some steps to recover your property from ice storm damage. Starting from inspecting your property and surrounding area for damage like:

  • Downed tree branches and powerlines; It is dangerous to mitigate damages by yourself. It is best to call for professional help.  
  • Ice buildup on roofs, driveways, and sidewalks.

Treat sidewalks and driveways

Accumulated ice on driveways and sideways can be extremely unsafe for residents, visitors, and mail carriers. Treat all driveways and pathways with salt to thoroughly melt the ice as soon as possible.

To minimize the buildup of ice, you could also add salt or an ice melting product to driveways and sidewalks before the storm. Nevertheless, it is essential to remember that you may still have to apply additional ice melt products after the storm.

Check for ice build-up on the roof

Ice buildup on roofs can cause a lot of problems. Following an ice storm, be extra cautious of the amount of ice on your roof and whether or not your roof is capable of supporting extra weight. Ice is dense and heavy; weakening or even collapsing under the added weight is not unusual for a porch or roof.

If the ice build on your roof is becoming concerning, you should call a qualified Dayton roofing contractor to melt or remove the ice. Property owners should never try to clear ice from their roofs themselves; it is unsafe.  

Similarly, ice dams are caused by ice that builds up at the roof's edge, collecting water or melting snow behind it. An ice dam will stop water from flowing off a roof. A common effect of an ice dam is water damage after the water backs up under shingles and into your property. If the water damage goes unnoticed, it will result in mold growth and interior water damage.

Check the trees on your property

A severe safety issue can occur from ice on tree branches. The weight of accumulating ice can not only pull down branches on people, but it can also destroy vehicles and properties. For this purpose, surveying trees from a reasonable distance is necessary. Do not try to trim the tree yourself; always call for professional help.

Does insurance cover ice damage?

The purpose of insurance is to cover you from property losses. Sadly, insurance providers won't be paying for everything. Let's look at what is typically covered in ice storms.

  • Many insurance plans do not include the loss of debris from trees unless the tree has fallen on a building or house.
  • Your insurance provider will be liable for paying the damage if your neighbor's tree falls on your business or house.
  • In these cases, insurance providers usually compensate property damage if trees crash through windows or collapse on roofs.
  • If water damage occurs from frozen pipelines that burst, the damage is generally covered by your home insurance claim

Contact SERVPRO today!

Our experts are skilled and can handle all types of ice damage disasters. We are an IICRC certified firm and have a proven track record of providing quality mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction services. Call us today! We are available 24/7!

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