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7 Steps to Prevent Ice Dams and Water Damage Restoration in Hackettstown, NJ

February 26th, 2016 · No Comments

Ice dams are a problem which many homeowners face during the winter months. They can cause water damage to your home and other issues such as mold growth. If your home has experienced water damage due to ice dams, you need to hire a professional agency for water damage restoration in Hackettstown, NJ so that the issues can be fixed promptly.

 7 Steps You Can Take to Prevent Ice Dams

  1.  Vents and Exhaust Fans – Avoid discharging dryer vents as well as kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans directly into your attic space. Exhaust from these vents should be directed through a side wall to the outside.
  2. Proper Sealing for Ceiling Fixtures – Try to reduce the use of fixtures mounted to the ceiling right under the attic. Such fixtures generally require holes to be made into the ceiling which can allow heat and moisture to be transferred directly into the attic. Where a fixture is mounted to a ceiling under the attic, ensure that the fixture mounts and holes are properly sealed so they are airtight.
  3. Ice Belt – Utilizing a band of metal roofing, known as an ice belt, can be set up at the eaves to aid in the prevention of ice dams by creating a low friction surface.
  4. Attic Ventilation – Correct attic ventilation plays an important role in maintaining proper attic temperature. Additionally, ensure vents are clear and unobstructed so cool outside air can flow into your attic space and displace warmer air.
  5. Ice Melt – Ice melt (calcium chloride) can be put in a nylon stocking and placed vertically over an ice dam to create a channel through which trapped water can seep out. You need to make sure that only calcium chloride is used – any other type of deicing agent can damage the roof.
  6. Clean Gutters and Down Spouts – Make sure gutters as well as down spouts are not blocked by leaves or other types of debris. Although it may not help in the prevention of ice dams, clean gutters will facilitate proper draining when the ice is melting.
  7. Attic Insulation – Your aim should be to maintain a cold roof temperature. This can be achieved by ensuring proper attic insulation is present (about R-38), that air leaks are sealed, and adequate attic ventilation is maintained.

If you are presently facing water damage in your home due to ice dams, you need to get in touch with ServiceMaster Metropolitan for water damage restoration in Hackettstown, NJ. All you need to do is contact us at 1.855.560.7999 and we will promptly dispatch a restoration team to analyze the situation and start restoration work. Our technicians have the required skills and training to take care of such problems with ease.

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