With ice, snow and freezing temperatures heading to the area this season, your Monmouth County home could be at risk of water damage caused by ice dams. These are blockages of ice that form on the edges of your roof, which stops melting snow from draining into your gutters. Instead, this melting snow can seep under the eaves of your roof and into your home’s interior, leading to water damage and mold growth.
Preventing Ice Dams
You can help prevent ice dams this winter by making sure that your roof has an even temperature in all areas. When the top of your roof becomes warmer than the eaves, snow begins to melt quickly up there. When the eaves are a cooler temperature, the snow on these areas stays frozen, which leads to the formation of ice dams. You can maintain even temperatures on your roof by doing the following:
- Add ventilation to the eaves and ridge. Have a ridge vent installed and soffit vents that allow cold air to flow in below your roof. This helps prevent the top of the roof from becoming too warm.
- Seal the attic hatch. Place weatherstripping made of foam boards and aluminum tape around the hatch. Otherwise, heat from below can rise up and make your roof too warm.
- Check the ducts. Ducts from your kitchen, dryer vent and bathrooms should all be routed outside through your roof or your walls. Just make sure these ducts aren’t leading to the soffit, which can raise the temperature of your roof.
- Insulate your attic. Put more insulation in your attic to trap heat and prevent it from going up to the roof. Have a professional contractor help you out, so you don’t end up putting in too much insulation.
- Install flashing. If you have a chimney, install flashing around it to stop warm air from heating up the roof.
If you end up with leaks or other plumbing problems this winter, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We offer high-quality plumbing and HVAC services throughout Monmouth County.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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