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The dangers of ice damming

With sub-zero winter temperatures and months of snowfall, Canadian winter weather can result in an influx of property damage claims. Specifically, in the right conditions, ice damming can be a common concern.

Snow covered roofs

Each winter, during periods of significant snowfall, the buildup of snow on roofs can be a real concern.Snow accumulation depends on many factors, including wind direction, building orientation, roof pitch, shelter, and, of course, weather conditions. For example, houses are more at risk when the wind is blowing from the west and the lower side of the house is to the east.

Expansive Soils

Expansive soils can often cause great loss to residential and commercial property. Numerous Canadian cities and towns are located in geographic areas with soils that are classified as clays having medium to high plasticity. This means that these soils are capable of absorbing water and will expand and contract as the moisture content changes. Activation of highly plastic clay (also called heaving or swelling) can cause damage to a building structure, a concrete slab on grade and/or surrounding landscaping.

 

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