April 11, 2015
Snow/Ice dams reveals potential roof damage and problems…and yes, it was a brutal winter!
Although wintertime home inspections have little to no roof visibility due to snow cover, wintertime can reveal other issues that would be unknown during summer weather. (There are always challenges during home inspections here in northeast Ohio!) Many inspections this past winter showed major icicles and ice dams that can lead to roof leaks and potentially damage to the interiors of homes.
The general cause of ice buildup is heat loss in the attic space coupled with poor ventilation. For more information on what causes ice dams, check out this explanation of ice dams from the University of Minnesota.
Causes of icicles can include:
- Lack of proper ventilation (i.e. lack of gable vents, roof vents, soffit/ridge vents, etc.)
- Blocked ventilation points
- Marginal insulation or lack of sufficient insulation
- HVAC/forced air ducts running through the attic space
- Solar radiation
Repairs & Upgrades:
- increase ventilation, consider installing a powered attic fan
- reduce heat loss from the interior
- install additional insulation
- install electrical heat cable/zig-zag cable
As always, it is recommended to consult a licensed contractor for repairs.
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Posted by Aaron Branem
February 16, 2013
window trim damaged from moisture
Just like a car needs regular oil changes to prevent damage, so do houses. A regular routine for homes should be caulking and painting around areas that are vulnerable to moisture or water leaks.
Here are the two critical areas to inspect:
- Siding – wood sided homes and aluminum wrapped windows are guilty culprits of water penetration if typical caulk maintenance is not kept up.
- Window frames – many homeowners don’t realize why they have water penetration during heavy rainstorms through windows and doors. Again, a recommendation of caulking and painting to maintain weather seals around all windows and door frames.
Mold and mildew are really common issues when inspecting homes in Northeast Ohio. I’ve addressed proper ventilation inside the home (see Mold…should you worry?), but keeping water from coming into the house needs to be priority as well.
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Posted by Aaron Branem