A few nights ago many Minnesotans saw snow. We were lucky enough to have a nice fall, but now it is time to get serious about the cooler weather. Has your home had ice dams in previous winters? This is a clear sign that your home’s insulation system isn’t working the way it should be. If you are looking for a permanent solution, Snap can help.
Ice dams are caused by an uneven amount of heat escaping from a home. The heat melts the snow at the top of the roof and runs down. The eaves are much cooler than the rest of the Bloomington roofing because they extend over the edge of the home. The result? The water refreezes at the eaves. The process repeats and ice continues to build up. Analyzing your home’s insulation and ventilation is the first step to preventing ice dams.
Checking to make sure your home has adequate insulation and ventilation is important. Adding insulation to your attic space can help prevent the formation of ice dams. Your local insulation contractor like Snap Construction can perform a free inspection to determine what your home needs.
Make sure that the vents have clear, unobstructed access. Insulation, or anything else, blocking air’s ability to move freely through your vents is going to prevent proper ventilation.
Make sure any kitchen, laundry, or bath vents go directly outside through the roof or walls and not through to attic or soffit.
Make sure that there are no leaks. Install sealed can lights and have it tested by a BPI certified insulation contractor to see if air is leaking anyone else that can be sealed.
Check your chimney flashing. There should be no gap. If there is, you will need to seal it with an added metal piece.
Caulk any penetrations.
If you are looking for a permanent solution to your home’s ice dam issues, call a Bloomington roofing and insulation expert. Fixing some of the items listed above and ensuring your attic is properly insulated and ventilated, your home should be ready for the cold season ahead.
This information is brought to you by Snap Construction, a local insulation contractor.