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Temperatures and precipitation can fluctuate throughout Fairfield County, CT, and as Mark Twain once said…“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”  One thing is certain, we will get snow.  How much, who knows?  If you lived in Connecticut in the winters over the past 4 to 5 years, you probably experienced or know first hand someone who had ice damming occur at their house.

 

So, what is ice damming?  Simply put, the first ingredient is accumulation of snow on a roof. The second step is when situations occur at the interior of the home to contribute to warm attic temperatures that can cause the snow sitting on the roof above to melt.  This is typically going to also involve temperatures fluctuating at and above/below 32 degrees over a sustained period of time at both the interior and exterior.  Meanwhile, the snow that is sitting on the roof at the eave, will stay frozen.  The melting water will run down the roof and hit the snow barrier, causing water to refreeze and collect.  This water will then ultimately work it’s way back up the roof and penetrate into the home.  Icicles will form at the exterior, and water can damage interior walls, ceilings, insulation, and cause serious moisture damage.  It can create a massive mess and be equally as messy to repair.  Repairs should not be done until the area is dry and the issues of heat loss are addressed.

 

There are a few things you can do to help prevent ice damming which I will outline in the coming weeks. Please view my other home inspection blog posts for additional tips!

 

Need a home inspector in Fairfield, CT area? As Fairfield County, CT’s premier Home Inspector, my job is to identify problem areas of ice damming on your potential new home. Long River Home Inspection serves Fairfield County, CT residents in towns including:
Fairfield County: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newtown, Norwalk, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Redding, Ridgefield, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, Wilton, CT

 

Jeff Walsh
Long River Home Inspection
Fairfield, CT 06824
Phone: (203) 418-7696