Ice Dams & Liability: What You Need To Know

Ice dams can do more than just damage your roof – they can cause liability issues as well. Whether you’re a homeowner or a commercial building owner, it’s important to prevent ice dams to reduce or eliminate the risk of injury and liability claims.


The Dangers of Falling Ice

Ice dams can cause serious liability issues to be concerned about. Falling ice chunks and large icicles can cause injury to those who enter your property. These injuries can lead to liability claims if you’re deemed negligent. Depending on your state or regions local laws, if someone enters your property and is hurt due to falling ice chunks, your may owe them compensation if it is determined you weren’t taking necessary precautions to prevent any injuries. 

Taking steps to proactively prevent ice dams will help you avoid these liability issues.

Leaks and Damage

If ice dams are left unchecked, it can lead to water leakage from the roof, and serious damage to the building, including flooring and walls. Mold will also be a concern if leaks and water damage are not promptly taken care of.

When it comes to leaks and damage, you may be held liable if the issue affects a tenant and you’re deemed negligent. Depending on local laws, if their property is damages because you didn’t properly protect the building, or if the have health issues caused by mold, you may owe tenants compensation.

Prevent Ice Dams & Reduce Risk with HotEdge

Installing a roof ice melt system can prevent ice dams from forming in the first place, which would minimize liability risks. While you can remove ice dams once they have been formed, prevention is always the best option. If you are interested in learning more about our ice dam prevention solutions, call (800) 411-3296 today. 


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