Here is another in our continuing series of things going on around Rochester.
Several months of relentless snow and ice have left behind a massive wake of destruction in the form of water damage, mold and ice damming — and many Rochester residents are still in need of significant home repairs.
For local building and insurance experts, this past winter has led to some of the worst home damage they’ve seen in decades, according to a March 30 Democrat and Chronicle article.
“We had such a harsh winter with roof issues and gutters coming off,” said Rick Herman, CEO of the Rochester Home Builders’ Association.
Currently, Rochester’s contractors and builders are facing a near-historic backlog of calls from distressed homeowners looking to repair the damage this spring’s thaw has dealt to their homes. This season is typically a busy time for these builders — but even with extra workers on hand to meet springtime demand, there is a significant labor shortage, Herman explained.
At the Rochester chapter of the Better Contractors Bureau, the phone has been ringing nonstop for the last month or so, said executive director Carmen Santora.
“This is the busiest I have seen in the 20 years I’ve been here,” Santora told the Democrat and Chronicle.
The most common damage Rochester’s contractors are being hired to repair stems from ice damming. Throughout the winter, gutters became completely filled with ice, leaving ice- and snowmelt with nowhere to go but back up onto a home’s roof. This water ultimately ends up seeping through the roof, wreaking havoc on the drywall and eventually leading to ceiling collapses if left unrepaired.
Such water damage costs an estimated $3,000 to $5,000 to repair — so it’s no wonder that ice damming is the top issue cited during insurance claims this season.
If you plan to file a claim, it’s important to take photos that accurately document the damage in your home. Even then, don’t expect your homeowner’s insurance provider to foot the entire bill. If you have a specific coverage policy, it might not cover ice damming issues. And if the cost of repairing your home is only a few hundred dollars more than your deductible, it might not make sense to file a claim at all.
Regardless of how you choose to fund your home repair, it’s imperative that you repair any damage stemming from this winter as soon as possible. It might just save your house.