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Remember Last Winter?   We do.

With heavy snowfall, flat roofs on homes and businesses were collapsing, roof rakes were flying off the shelves and the thawing and refreezing on roofs was causing unwanted ice dams on many homes.  Not great news for homeowners. But this year, we have 2 pieces of good news for you:

1.  It's been a much milder season already, with the same in the forecast
2. We've got some great ice dam and burst pipe prevention tips to share!

Stopping Ice Dams on your Home:
When ice builds up at the lower edge of a sloped roof, usually at drains and gutters, it can create a dam-like effect that forces water back under the roof, into your attic or down the inside walls of your home.  To prevent this:

1. Keep your attic well ventilated and your attic floor well insulated to minimize heat rising through the attic.  A colder attic means less melting and refreezing on the roof.

2.Install a water-repellant membrane under your roof covering when you re-roof
3.Replace recessed light fixtures near the roof with alternatives.  Heat generated from recessed lighting near the roof melts snow and contributes to ice build up.

Avoid Burst Pipes:
When water freezes in a pipe, pressure can build between the ice blockage and the closed faucet at the pipe's end, causing a pipe to burst at its weakest points.  Most vulnerable to freezing are pipes in attics, crawl spaces, outside walls, and near holes in outside walls where television, cable and other lines let in cold air.  To help keep pipes from freezing in cold weather:

1.Apply insulation sleeves or wrapping on exposed pipes
2. Use caulking to seal cracks and holes in walls and foundations near pipes
3. Keep cabinet doors open to keep warm air circulating around pipes
4. Shut off exterior faucets from inside your home and leave exterior faucets open outside
5. Drain water systems if a home will be unattended

Hope this helps!  Stay warm out there!

Posted 5:48 PM

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