SOURCE: Farmers Insurance

Farmers Insurance

December 05, 2011 13:45 ET

Farmers Insurance Offers Tips on Preparing Your Home to Protect Against Ice Dams This Winter

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 5, 2011) - Homeowners are urged to be prepared this Winter as snow storms can mean serious roof damage in the form of ice dams.

"Icicles hanging from the edge of a roof are often the result of an ice dam," notes Paul Quinn, Farmers Insurance Assistant Vice President of Claims Communications. "These ice dams form when water from melting snow runs down the roof and re-freezes as the air temperature dips, or when warm air from inside your home leaks into your attic, and that can cause significant damage to your home."

Quinn says the meltwater that refreezes on the roof's edge, creates a band of ice along an eve and before long it acts as a dam, holding back a pool of water that can eventually back up under the shingles, seep inside, and soak into the walls and ceilings -- "and the homeowner realizes the beautiful snowfall has turned into an ugly mess.

"If you have an ice dam, you can hire an ice dam removal service, but if you try it yourself, please be careful and do not climb up on the roof to remove the snow or ice dams. That should be done by professionals," Quinn adds.

"Farmers has prepared an ice dam prevention and removal video for all homeowners to view and get the proper tips on how to deal with ice dams," Quinn continues. "Homeowners can view the video at http://www.farmers.com/property_direct_repair.html and click on the Ice Dam Prevention link at the bottom of the page. You can also find the information on Ice Dams at http://www.farmers.com/insurance_claims.html.

"Be prepared this winter. Don't find yourself worrying all winter that your home is going to be damaged from the snow when it can be prevented," Quinn concludes.

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at www.farmers.com or at www.Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

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