In 2013, Michigan was pounded with record breaking snow. Snow and ice was building up everywhere. Never experiencing any previous issues, I wasn't aware of the potential problem. At this point, I had already owned my home for 7 years. Walking in the bathroom one winter day, I was horrified to find water streaming down my bathroom wall. I'm pretty handy and work in real estate, so I was embarrassed and angry at myself that I had not recognized the problem before it became a huge issue.
Large amounts of snow and temperatures that creep back and forth between thawing and freezing can exacerbate the forming of ice dams. That is the forecast for the next week so be careful. Make it a point to walk the perimeter of your home TODAY and look for ice build up. Check out the photos above and below. The first is my house while I was clearing away the ice and snow. You can see the thick ridge of ice that had built up. The others are shots of my bathroom mid repair where the worst damage happened. Altogether, I wasted a lot of time and money on something that is easily preventable. Learn from my mistake. Educate yourself on this subject and be vigilant so this doesn't happen to you.
Here is everything you need to know about how ice dams form, how to prevent them, and how to deal with them if they have already formed https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/how-to-get-rid-ice-dams.