Wellesley Fire Department

It's almost spring, but here in Massachusetts, we're still being hit hard with significant snow storms and extended deep freezes.

In an effort to reduce potential damage to your home, we have provided the basics of what ice dams are and prevention steps homeowners can take to mitigate the risk of ice dams forming.

What is an ice dam? 


An ice dam is a line of ice that forms along the roof edge, which prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. As your attic warms up from the heat in your house, the snow on your roof melts. If the temperature outside is warm enough, this water will harmlessly run down to your gutters (this is a reminder to always make sure your gutters are clear). But when the temperature stays below freezing, this water backs up behind the ice dam and can seep under shingles and into your house.

What causes them?


Three factors create the ideal conditions for ice dams to develop:

  • Heavy, consistent snowfall and below-freezing temperatures
  • Inadequate ventilation and insulation
  • Poorly installed roofing materials

The following link contains ice dam prevention tips you can take to ensure your roof is ready for the upcoming winter. These tips relate to:

  • Ventilation and insulation of your attic.
  • Ice and snow shield installation.
  • What questions to ask a contractor when installing a new roof.
  • What steps to take once it starts snowing.

Take note that before you start any work, it's important to use a qualified, licensed, professional contractor.

 We hope you never experience any damage to your home, but in the event you need to report a claim, you can always call us at 1-781-235-3100. Thank you for choosing the Corcoran & Havlin Insurance Group.

Thank You to Jack Schneider for helping us share this information!

Interested in becoming a Wellesley Firefighter?  Our exam is coming up soon and sign up deadline is fast approaching.  

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The Wellesley Fire Department is committed to protecting people, property, and environment.

We will be responsive to the needs of our residents and others we may serve by providing rapid, professional, humanitarian services essential to the health, safety and well being of the community.

We will accomplish our mission through training, preparedness, education, fire suppression, medical service, hazard mitigation and other related activities.

We will actively participate in our community, serve as role models and strive to effectively and efficiently employ all the necessary resources to provide a service deemed excellent by those we serve.