Winter Home Tips

Prevent issues with your home as we finish out the coldest months of the year

What are ice dams and what to do if you have them:

Ice dams develop when a snowy winter storm is followed by a rise in temperature. When large amounts of snow at the top of a roof begin to melt, the water can get backed-up and re-freeze near the edges and gutters resulting in an ice dam. Over time, this can damage the shingles and in turn allows water into the roof, walls, and insulation.

If ice dams do form on your roof, your best bet is to call a professional to have the ice dam removed. These professionals can also do a full inspection to assess the damage and help you prevent ice dams in the future. 

Don’t let snow levels cover your furnaces exhaust and in-take pipes:

After a large snowfall, you will find people clearing the snow from their driveways and sidewalks, but one place that tends to get forgotten about is the snow build-up around the home’s furnace vent.

If your furnace exhaust vent is blocked, it could cause your heating system to shut off or cause dangerous CO2 to seep back into the home. High-efficiency furnaces are designed with a safety mechanism to shut off the furnace when proper air exchange is compromised. If you find that your pipes have been blocked by snow, avoid using a shovel as you could cause damage to the pipes.