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Roof leaks when snow melts
Ice dam season is upon us. An annual headache for local homeowners, ice dams can be costly — causing damage to homes — and dangerous. But there are ways to prevent and treat ice dams before they pose a risk. WHAT ARE ICE DAMS? Ice dams are ridges of ice that sometimes form on the eaves of sloped roofs in sub-freezing temperatures, according to the University of Minnesota Extension office. If they are tall enough, ice dams block snowmelt from running safely into the gutter, causing it to pool behind the dam and leak through the roof. Homeowners are often tipped off the the existence of ice dams by massive icicles hanging from their eaves. HOW DO THEY FORM? Ice dams form when warm air inside a home heats part of the roof above 32 degrees in sub-freezing weather, the U extension office says. As the snow on top melts, it runs down the roof to the eaves (which have no heated house beneath them) where it refreezes. Over a long winter, this effect can leave a house with massive … [Read more...] about Ice dams are a scourge. What can you do to get your home ready?
Corey Williams, Associated Press Updated 6:30 pm CST, Thursday, January 31, 2019 Richard James, a Detroit Water and Sewerage worker, uses a poking rod to find a water main break in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Richard James, a Detroit Water and Sewerage worker, uses a poking rod to find a water main break in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Photo: Paul Sancya, AP Photo: Paul Sancya, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Richard James, a Detroit Water and Sewerage worker, uses a poking rod to find a water main break in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Richard James, a Detroit Water and Sewerage worker, uses a poking rod to find a water main break in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Photo: Paul Sancya, … [Read more...] about Rapid thaw could wreak havoc on pipes, roadways in Midwest
Paul F. P. Pogue Angie’s List Published 6:20 PM EST Dec 20, 2018 Frozen gutters and downspouts may seem like an inevitable effect of winter weather. But those heavy icicles hanging from your rooftop after a heavy snow or cold snap need not be a foregone conclusion. You can take steps to prevent them — and should — because they can damage gutters and lead to ice and water backing up on the roof and forming even more damaging ice dams. The weight of ice can sag the gutter or bring it down entirely. First off, resist the urge to go after the ice with a hammer or ax. Professional gutter cleaners say they find incredible damage to gutters every spring, and chopping away at ice ends up doing more harm than good. WHAT TO DO ABOUT FROZEN GUTTERS Once your gutters are already frozen solid, your best bet might be to wait it out. Thawing out gutters tends to be expensive and short-lived. You’ll end up paying hundreds of dollars to get a steam system or hot … [Read more...] about Angie’s List: What can I do about frozen gutters?