Roofs feel the weight from the harsh winter weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Many Hoosiers rejoiced at Tuesday’s sunshine and mild temperatures. But, for many, it created one big headache.

Ice dams are plaguing Indiana roofs. They’re common in the Midwest, but this year is the worst year local contractors can remember.

Moore Restoration received more than 30 calls before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“So, it’s really starting to ramp up yet again,” said Jim Krueger, estimator manager at Moore Restoration.

Heavy snow and ice was weighing on roofs. It’s packing gutters, which means any snowmelt is trapped.

“It can get behind the shingles two, three rows up or right here where it gets behind the gutter board. Gets to the attic and then starts to go through bedroom walls and the paint and whatnot from the interior,” Krueger said.

Warren Township Trustee Jeff Bennett says they noticed brown water spots and soggy floors on Monday.

“The sun just doesn’t shine there like it hits the other parts of the roof, so,” Bennett said.

The small claims court there was hit with an ice dam.

“So, I think that’s the silver lining for us. It’s all repairable damage, but it is a little bit of a headache,” Bennett said.

Krueger says if you notice your ceiling has those brown spots or is starting to bow, take a pin and puncture a hole to release trapped water.

“It’s a lot easier to fix and repair little drywall holes, pin holes versus a collapsed ceiling,” Krueger said.

Other than that, the experts say there’s not much else they can do.

“Let the ice and snow melt off itself before we can really start effectively getting into repairs,” Krueger said.

Krueger discourages anyone from trying to knock ice off the roof or knock down icicles. He says first and foremost, ice and snow can make it dangerous. He also warns if you create more damage from a hammer mishap or the like, insurance companies are off the hook.

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