The decision to purchase your home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and will also be one of your largest investments. Done right, it can also be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times in your life! Kari Calder a saskatoon Realtor with Century 21 Fusion is there to help you through the process, and provide you and your family with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have a realtor working with your best interests in mind.
Here she shares quick fixes to a winter problem:
Icicles are a beautiful part of the winter scene but located on your house they spell trouble. Snow covered roofs and freezing weather create the perfect condition for something called ice damming. They are thick ridges of ice along the eaves and can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and can cause water damage inside your home through the ceiling.
Here’s how an ice dam is formed:
-heat collects in the attic and warms the roof except at the eaves
-snow melts on the warm roof and freezes on the cold eaves.
-ice accumulates along the edges, forming a dam. Meltwater from the warm roof builds up and penetrates under the shingles and into your home.
What can you do to solve this problem? Don’t chip away the ice with a hammer or chisel, it’s dangerous for your roof. Salt also won’t work correctly to fix the problem. There are two quick solutions that will work short of praying for warmer weather.
-blow in cold air to the attic. If you direct a fan at the underside of the roof where water is coming in it should help to freeze the water
-another recommended method is to safely rake the snow off the roof with a roof rake so it’s melt won’t have a chance to cause issue.
The most effective long term solution is to reduce or eliminate any sources of heat in the attic by insulating well and to ensure the attire space is properly ventilated. Ensure that your Saskatoon real estate investment is properly taken care of and there won’t be any surprises along the way.
Kari Calder Saskatoon Real Estate Agent
Century 21 Fusion
Kari Calder is one Saskatoon's top Century 21 Fusion real estate agents. Kari can assist with all of your Saskatoon buying and selling real estate needs and she is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REALTOR