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The Dangers of Ice: Home Safety Tips

Prevent icicles and ice dams from forming on your roof.

Prevent icicles and ice dams from forming on your roof.

From shovelling to driving, Fort Mac-Wood Buffalo residents are experts when it comes to dealing with snow. However, some of us are a few cubes short when it comes to knowing what to do with ice. Caused when water molecules hit 0°C to form a solid, ice is beautiful but can be dangerous. Not only does it create a slipping hazard, but it can also damage your home and property if not handled properly. Learn all about ice and how to deal with it from our water damage restoration company:

All About Ice

Ice comes in many forms. That’s because water molecules are always moving. When liquid freezes, the water molecules slow down and stick together to form a solid. The molecules in water also expand when they freeze, meaning that ice occupies more space than it does in its liquid form.

The Hazards of Ice

While we all know about the hazards of ice on our roadways, ice is just as dangerous to our homes and properties and can lead to extensive property damage restoration. Some of the most common damage caused by ice includes:

  • Frost heaves: An increase of ice fed by a continuous supply of water such as a water table and freezing temperatures, causing soil in the ground to swell. Frost heaving can cause damage to foundations, driveways, basements, and water pipes, leading to costly repairs and flood cleanup.
  • Ice dams: Caused by water freezing and refreezing, an ice dam is a buildup of ice on the edge of a roof that prevents melting snow water to drain off properly. An ice dam can lead to moisture entering the home and the need for water and mould restoration services.
  • Icicles: Similar to an ice dam, icicles are caused by melting snow or water that freezes while it drips to the ground. Icicles can cause damage to your home’s gutters and eaves and cause water to enter your home. They can also be lethal to anyone walking underneath them if they drop to the ground.
  • Frozen pipes: When water freezes inside a pipe, it expands. This can cause extreme pressure to build up between the ice blockage and the closed faucet, leading to a ruptured pipe and extensive water damage restoration.

How to Prevent Water Damage from Ice

Keep your home ice-free by:

  • Clearing snow off your roof after six inches have fallen.
  • Making sure your roof is adequately insulated.
  • Using an ice melt product such as rock salt or calcium chloride on walkways, paths, and sidewalks.
  • Ensuring you have proper drainage on your property.
  • Draining exterior hoses and making sure your outdoor faucets and pipes are insulated.
  • Allowing indoor faucets to drip slowly during freezing weather to prevent pressure from building inside pipes.
  • Keeping children away from playing underneath icicles and other ice hazards.
  • Clearing walkways and paths of snow

For more tips, please read our 2020 Checklist: Monthly, Seasonal, and Annual Tasks to Schedule.

Wood Buffalo and Fort McMurray residents can rely on Proserve DKI for all water restoration issues caused by ice dams, frozen pipes, and more. Call us at 1-780-791-3663 for, 24/7 – 365 emergency disaster relief.