Upstate NY Winter Home Damage: Look at those lovely icicles!

The north country is a winter wonderland this time of year. You drive by and see all the beautiful homes with all the lovely icicles hanging from the homes. Aren’t they Great? NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOO they aren’t.   If you have hanging from your eaves, that could mean ice dams or as we call it in the North Country, “The Dam Ice” (spelling changed to protect the innocent) and water backing up into the house. It could also mean poor ventilation in your attic. And no matter how much insulation you have in your attic, if it is poorly vented, ice will form and the damage is not far behind. This is a common type of Upstate NY winter home damage. Ice dams are dams of ice that form on (usually) the lower edges of the roof. Snow will melt from the area of the roof from the heat of the attic. When it gets to the edge of the roof, it will freeze because it is past the heated edge of the house. The ice will just keep forming into larger and … Continue reading