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Berkley Asset Protection Shares Tips on Ice Dam Prevention

The tips include preventing and removing ice dams.




(PRESS RELEASE) Ice dams often occur following a heavy snowstorm and the onset of low temperatures. Ice dams form when the snow at the peak of the roof melts, which causes the melted water to run down the slope of the roof until it refreezes as it reaches the colder surfaces at the eaves of your roof. Eventually, the ice builds up and blocks water from draining off of the roof, forcing the water under the roof covering and into your attic or down the inside walls of the building.

Tips for preventing ice dams:

  • Keep snow from accumulating on the lower three to six feet of your roof.
  • Keep the attic well ventilated so snow doesn’t melt and refreeze on the roof’s edge.
  • Make sure the attic floor is well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising.
  • Consider having the snow removed from your roof.
  • Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris.
  • When all else fails, install heat cables on the roof. Heat cables are high-resistance wires that you mount on the roof edge in a zigzag pattern and plug into an outdoor GFCI receptacle.

Removing an ice dam:

  • If you are not safely able to go onto the roof or are unable to easily reach the roof, hire a roofing professional.
  • Use a heavy duty broom or rake to pull snow off the roof. Do not push snow back or sideways as it may cause more damage.
  • Do not chip at the ice dam as it may damage your roof.

Be proactive. Develop a plan and execute.
For additional Loss Control tips, visit If you have questions, contact Berkley Asset Protection: 212-922-0659 or



She Wanted to Spend More Time with Her Kids. She Called Wilkerson.

Your children are precious. More precious than gold? Absolutely! Just ask Lesley Ann Davis, owner of Lesley Ann Jewels, an independent jewelry store that — until the end of 2023 — had quite a following in Houston, Texas. To spend more time with her four sons, all in high school, she decided to close her store. Luckily, she was familiar with Wilkerson and called them as soon as she knew she wanted to move on to bigger, better and more family-focused things. Was she happy with her decision? Yes, she was. Says Davis, “Any owner looking to make that life change, looking to retire, looking to close, looking for a pause in their career, I would recommend Wilkerson. Hands down!”

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