Heavy snowfall and cold temperatures can bring destructive ice dams

Madison, Wis. (Dec. 14, 2009) — After a significant snowfall like so many across the country experienced recently, and as temperatures hover near or below freezing, ice dams can become a real threat to homes.

Ice dams can form on rooftops when melting snow runs down the slope of the roof and refreezes at the edge. As more melting snow accumulates behind the ice, the water can seep into the home, causing property damage to drywall, carpeting and cabinets. In serious cases, it can even collapse ceilings.

Prevent damage from ice dams by following some simple and effective tips from American Family Insurance:

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