Preparing Your Home For Winter

23 Oct

It's ice dam season again! Restoration experts are actively responding to water and moisture damage which result from these extreme Texas winter warm ups that are a major source of ice damming. In case you missed winter maintenance this fall, you might have ice dams, also. Below are a few keys to understand how to stop and take care of the health of your roof and house.

I believe I have an ice cube, but what is it exactly, and how can it be created?

They are made when your loft warms the base layer of snow on the roof over it.

What kind of damage from ice dams could I anticipate?

Internally, big ice dams cause water to seep under shingles and become your own insulation. Over time it could travel through ceilings and walls to sheetrock and paint, causing mould and more.

Externally, ice dams could rip shingles and gutters off your house and land on anything under it, including your family or acquaintances, animals, cars and more.

If water stands long enough it might also start to rust your roof or wood inside your dwelling.

I know I have an ice cube, how can I fix it?

Eliminating an ice dam is extremely intricate, and relatively unsafe, work. The ice has to be delicately broken into small pieces with a blunt tool, both on the eaves and inside gutters and downspouts. Even experienced professionals have difficulty with this, as it is possible to tear or damage individual shingles off the roof together with the ice. You need to absolutely avoid climbing in your roof as your own body weight can cause frozen shingles to split.

You can use heat cable to melt down the ice, but this will take a while for the ice to fully melt.

After large chunks have been eliminated, pour calcium chloride onto the ice dam. A useful idea is to leave it within a tote with several holes so that it remains in one spot, melting it away.

Water which has backed up under shingles and found its way to wall and insulation cavities have to be thoroughly dried or else mold or mould can begin to grow. Also, water that is left trapped in these regions can result in swelling and rot of these structural components hidden in the ceilings and walls. Dayspring Restoration uses moisture review tools to find the trapped or hidden moisture. After the moisture is discovered, specialty drying tools are used to dry the affected materials to stop additional damage. Call today for a free quote and quote for restoration services.

How do I ensure ice dams don't form in the future?

The best way to prevent ice hockey dams is to maintain your roof clear. For many in Montana, this alternative is unrealistic and unsafe. Since straightforward shingled roofs have a reputation for ice damming, replacing them with partial or full (in the base) metal roofs are the best course of action, in addition to water-repellent membranes beneath your roof.

What is the greatest solution for the ice dam jam?

Restoration can assist with sealing, insulation, and venting at the attic and eaves to treat ice dams until they start. Since your attic is the origin of the problem, you need to seal warm atmosphere leakage, insulate your house properly and port so heat melts, and does not warm your roof. Subsequently, your home isn't only warmer but more cost effective!

Additionally, installing heating cable near the gutters and roof valleys where snow and ice accumulate.

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