Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.
Ice dams form when ice and snow melts on your roof and the water from the melting snow and ice flows down along the roof and refreezes again when it reaches your eaves and gutters. The basic problem is that heat from inside your home is keeping sections of the roof too warm, but the warmth doesn't extend to the eaves and gutters – this is why the water can refreeze before it flows off the roof and down your gutters. As the water freezes along the gutter, an ice dam can form that can force the water flowing down the roof to back up into your eaves, shingles, and home. Here is a couple of ways that you can stop the ice dams from forming on your roof.
Use a Fan
An effective measure you can take in attacking the warming problem is to use a fan to blow cold air around the attic or crawl space. Place the fan by an opening such as a roof vent or in a partially opened window and turn it on. The fan will pull in the cold air from the outside and push it throughout the attic. The cold air will cool the attic space down - which will also cool down your roof. The snow and ice won't melt until the ambient air on the outside warms up enough to thaw the snow and ice wherever it is.
Rake Snow Off of Roof
Another measure you can take is to rake the snow off of your roof before it has a chance to thaw and freeze. Raking snow can be dangerous, so you have to be careful while you are doing it. The best way is to purchase a roof rake specially designed to remove snow. These rakes are light-weight and come with extendable handles that allow you to reach high up on the roof. You will be pulling the snow toward you, so you need to pay attention to how much snow you are pulling off at one time to avoid getting smothered with snow and possibly injured. If you are going to use a ladder to reach up higher, you should make sure the ladder is properly situated against your house (the base of the ladder should be placed one foot back for every four foot rise of the ladder) and that the ladder is secured in place using ropes.
Ice dams usually form along the edges of roof lines in many areas around the country this time of year. If you feel you need assistance in ridding your house of an ice dam problem, contact your local home improvement contractor, such as Home Exteriors Of Fayetteville, to come and help you handle the problem.Share
12 February 2015