Tag: Ice Dams

Defending Your Home From Winter Ice Dams

Ice dams

Ice dams form when the roof gets too warm

because of air leaks or inadequate insulation.

Ice dams can be a real problem for homeowners in the winter. Not only do they look unsightly, but they can cause roof leaks and eventually even foundation problems the longer they hang around.

How Ice Dams Form

When your roof gets warmed by heat rising from the lower floors, warm ductwork or other problems, it causes snow to melt and begin to run down the roof. When it hits the eaves, which are usually colder, the water refreezes and forms the ice dam with characteristic icicles hanging off the roof and gutters.

Why Ice Dams Are Dangerous

The problem isn’t the ice dam itself. Eventually, all that ice will melt when warmer temperatures come. The problem with ice dams is that . . .

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Would Your Gutter Benefit From a Heated Helmet?

You may have heard about Heated Helmet, the innovative solution to the problem of frozen gutters and their related hazards. This self-regulating coil runs the length of your guttering system and heats up only when the ambient temperature drops below a certain point. Since it’s GFCI-protected, it will never overheat — making Heated Helmet a safe and effective away to prevent ice formation inside your gutters during the winter.

But even if you appreciate the concept, you maybe wondering if Heated Helmet is right for your home. To find out, ask yourself these questions:

Does your home’s roof see snowpack for any length of time?

If you live in the New England area, chances are your roof is snow-laden for at least a portion of the year. When this happens, the snow not only falls into the gutters, but any snowmelt that runs into the gutters can refreeze . . .

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5 Ways Gutter Heaters Can Help New England Residents

During the winter months in New England, it’s obviously important to keep your home’s interior warm and comfortable. It also means insulating water pipes so that they don’t freeze and crack. It may even be necessary to heat up your car’s engine to prevent freeze-related damage.

But what about your gutters? What measures should be taken to ensure that they don’t fall victim to freezing as well?

The solution is the same one you use for your home, pipes, and vehicles: heat them up. New England residents like you can benefit greatly from heated gutters. How?

1. By allowing you to avoid the chore of breaking up ice blocks in gutters.

Nobody relishes the notion of bundling up and braving the winter cold atop a shaky ladder to chop up and scrape out solid blocks of ice that form in gutters. Not only is this difficult, energy-sapping work; . . .

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Why Ice Dams Should Be a Concern This Winter

With Old Man Winter on the way, there’s quite a few things that you need to prepare for as a homeowner. You’ll need to make sure that your heating system is working properly. You’ll have to guard against frozen pipes by wrapping them appropriately and/or shutting off water flow. And you’ll have to be diligent in the battle against snow and ice accumulation on your sidewalks and driveways.

But you shouldn’t neglect one of the most potentially-damaging problems that can befall your home: ice dams. Ignoring or neglecting to plan for the possibility of ice dams can leave you having to deal with thousands of dollars in damages to your home’s interior.

How do Ice Dams Form?

Ice dams require a complex set of conditions in order to form on a home. First and foremost, significant snowpack must be present on a roof. Secondly, the outside air temperature . . .

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Why You Should Be Concerned About Ice Dams This Winter

With Old Man Winter on the way, there’s quite a few things that you need to prepare for as a homeowner. You’ll need to make sure that your heating system is working properly. You’ll have to guard against frozen pipes by wrapping them appropriately and/or shutting off water flow. And you’ll have to be diligent in the battle against snow and ice accumulation on your sidewalks and driveways.

But you shouldn’t neglect one of the most potentially-damaging problems that can befall your home: ice dams. Ignoring or neglecting to plan for the possibility of ice dams can leave you having to deal with thousands of dollars in damages to your home’s interior.

How do Ice Dams Form?

Ice dams require a complex set of conditions in order to form on a home. First and foremost, significant snowpack must be present on a roof. Secondly, the outside air temperature . . .

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Moonworks’ Ice Defense Featured on the Rhode Show

In 2011, Moonworks developed Ice Defense, a unique combination of Gutter Helmet, Heated Helmet, Insulation and Venting.  These components, when used in conjunction with one another, can help combat the disastrous effects of heavy snow and ice on your roof.

Ice Defense is designed to keep your gutters running clear—no matter what the temperature.  Because Ice Defense combines Gutter Helmet and Heated Helmet, you can solve two problems at once- leaves and ice.

New England weather is unpredictable and can change drastically in a short period of time.  Although we have had a mild winter thus far, you never know when the next snow storm will blow in causing the same ice and snow problems of 2010.  Be sure to protect your home before winter rears its ugly head.

Our own Jim Moon, President of Moonworks, and our Ice Defense product were both featured on the Rhode Show, a Rhode Island based morning . . .

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Prevent Ice Dams: Everything You Need to Know About Ice Dams

In the Northeast, we are accustomed to inclement weather and by this I mean SNOW. Snow isn’t only annoying to shovel, but it can cause damage to our homes through the creation of ice dams. An ice dam is a region of ice that forms at the edge of a home’s roof. It prevents the drainage of water (melting snow) from flowing off the roof. Ice dams usually cause water to back up resulting in water damage to your home. Damage usually occurs in walls, ceilings, roofs, and insulation.

Ice dams are formed when roof temperatures fluctuate at different roof locations. The graphic below will aid us greatly in our description.

 
Ice Dam Diagram
 

Ice dams begin to form when ice and snow melt on a high point of a roof. Water then flows down the roof until it crosses a roof surface that is 32° F or lower. . . .

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