Look for signs of weather damage now!
Weather damage can infiltrate your home’s interior and exterior in ways you would not expect.
Weather damage, hidden or apparent, is one of winter’s long lasting gifts. Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia were hard hit by recent snows. Here is a list of three things homeowners, property managers, and residents can watch for. Then call in the pros, as soon as, possible to protect your property and the health of your family.
- Water stains on interior ceilings and walls.
- New cracks in walls, ceilings and trim. Or, changes in cracks, gaps or weather stripping alignment.
- Exterior gutters that have pulled away from the house due to ice dams.
Ice Dams Cause Weather Damage
What Makes the Dam cause Weather Damage?
The snow on a roof surface that is above 32°F will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32°F and freezes. Voila! – an ice dam. The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish. (Source)
Not Just the Pretty-Pretty
Weather damage signs inside the house are about more than just aesthetics. While staining, cracks, and other forms of seepage don’t look pretty there are other considerations. Moisture infiltration can change the air quality inside your home and impact your family’s well-being. Experts say, “Moisture entering the home from ice dams can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. These biologicals can cause respiratory problems.”
Take Action to Protect your Home from Weather Damage
Which types of houses are vulnerable to ice dam weather damage? Any house or building with a roof and heat inside during cold weather. According to the experts, “An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.” No one wants to get hit on the head from a falling icicle but falling icicles are a far easier threat to avoid. Worse is that the ice pushes gutters away from the house. Even after the snow and ice melt, the gutters are no longer in a position to catch and divert rain properly. The moisture infiltration into your home continues long after the season has passed, damaging both interior and exterior materials. Unless it is addressed immediately, the problem multiplies and remains an uninvited house guest for years to come at potentially great cost to you.
Weather Damage? Prevent Damage to Yourself – Call in the Pros
You don’t have to experience damage from weather damage. Don’t risk an injury. Your body works differently when exerting in extreme cold. Call on the professionals to check your gutters, cracks, and staining before a trickle becomes a flood.
- Gutter Cleaning, Repair, Removal and Installation
- Crown molding and Trim Installation
- Painting – Interior and Exterior
- Painting – Residential and Commercial
- Plaster and Drywall Repair and Finishing
- Pressure Washing Exterior Surfaces
- Wallpaper Removal, Prep and Installation
- Deck Repair, Staining and Sealing
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