What Causes Ice Dams
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Every winter, ServiceMaster is flooded with calls concerning water damage caused by ice dams. Many homeowners are confused about what ice dams are and how they happen.
Ice dams form through a melt-freeze process. First, warm air from inside your home seeps up into your attic and warms the roof. Next, if there is a layer of snow, the warm roof melts the snow. The warmed water runs down the slope of the roof. When the water comes to the eaves, it refreezes and forms a dam. The dam traps all subsequent melt water on the roof. As the water builds up it can back up underneath shingles and leak into the house. Once water house found its way into the house secondary damages, like mold and mildew, become likely. So, the best thing you can do is take steps to prevent ice dams and the water damage they cause.
Using a roof rake, remove the first three feet of snow from the edges of your roof after every storm
Keep your downspouts clear of debris and ice.
Make sure your attic is well insulated to keep heat escape to a minimum
Seal any air leaks you find in the attic.
Have your energy company do an energy audit of your home. Many of the things that keep your energy bills down also prevent ice dams. The energy auditor will be able to suggest improvements to make your home more efficient and heat tight.
If you have water damage in your home, the experts at ServiceMaster of Minneapolis are more than happy to walk you through the entire water mitigation process. Give us a call today at 612- 213-3712. We’re here for you 24/7.
This blog has been updated. You can find the updated version published on March 5, 2021, HERE.
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3 Reasons Not to Put Radon Testing Off
Radon causes the highest number of cancer deaths after smoking.
According to the EPA 21,000 Americans die of Radon related lung cancer each year. This number is second only to smoking related lung cancer deaths. Radon is an odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that is created by the decomposition of uranium found in most soil. This gas is everywhere, all the time. But it poses the greatest risk in homes, where it can be the most concentrated and people spend most of their time.
It is inexpensive and easy to test your home for Radon.
Home testing kits can be purchased online or from some hardware stores. You can also have your home tested professionally. The EPA recommends the following steps:
Step 1) Administer a short-term test. If your result is lower than four pico curies per liter of air (pCI/L), then your home does not have unreasonably high levels of radon. No further action is needed at this time.
Step 2) If your result is four pCI/L or higher, you need to follow up with another test. You could use a long-term test to learn more about your home’s average annual radon level. Or, for faster results you can administer another short term test. If your results are still high, you need radon mitigation.
It is easier and cheaper to fix Radon than lung cancer.
If your home tests high, you should call your state EPA office right away. They will provide a list of qualified mitigation contractors in your area. There are DIY mitigation kits available, but the EPA recommends contacting a qualified professional. The solution may or may not be a simple one. It depends on the unique structure of your home and other variables. The average cost for Radon mitigation is $1200, but this can vary depending on the design of your home. Installation of a Radon mitigation system takes 5 to 8 hours and starts working immediately.
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