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Don’t fall victim to ice dams with tips from Amica

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11/05/2013

LINCOLN, RI - As colder temperatures set in, the appearance of snow and ice is on the horizon. That’s why Amica Insurance is offering some tips to help prevent ice dams and the costly damage they can create.

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), ice dams form when heat from the inside of the house enters the attic and warms the underside of the roof. As snow builds up on the topside, it melts, and the water runs down the roof. That water can freeze near the roof’s edge, forming an ice dam and forcing additional running water to back up underneath the roof covering.

Amica is sharing the following tips from the IBHS to stop ice dams from forming:

• Remove debris from gutters and drains so water can properly flow through them.
• Be sure the ceiling is airtight to keep warm, moist air from flowing into the attic space.
• Add ceiling and roof insulation to cut down on the amount of heat entering the attic.
• Put weather-stripping around entryways to the attic, and make sure attic ducts, light fixtures, chimneys and fans are sealed off to stop heat from melting snow.

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 employees in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT: Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,
Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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