Thursday Thriller


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Thursday Thriller: What is Home?


What is Home?

A roof to keep out the rain. Four walls to keep out the wind.

Floors to keep out the cold.

Yes, but home is more than that.

 It is the laugh of a baby, the song of a mother, the strength of a father.

Warmth of living hearts, light
from happy eyes, kindness, loyalty, comradeship.

Home is first school and first church for young ones,

where they learn what is right, what is good and what is kind.

Where they go for comfort when they are hurt or sick.

Where joy is shared and sorrow eased.

Where fathers and mothers are respected and loved.

Where children are wanted.

Where the simplest food is good enough for kings because it is earned.

Where money is not so important as loving-kindness.

Where even the teakettle sings from happiness.

That is home.

God bless it.

Ernestine Schumann-Heink

Word of the Week:


Cubage:

The cubic volume of an object; in the case of a building,

determined by multiplying the width by the depth by the height

 (measuring from the basement floor to the outside surfaces of roof

 and walls).

Warm weather, melting snow, colder evening temps…here come the Ice Dams!


Yep, it’s that time of year again.  We have waited all winter to see temps in the upper 30’s and above, but temps are still falling below the freezing mark of 32 degrees at night.  What does this mean for your roof?  You got it…ICE DAMS!!! What danger these can do not only to your roof, but also your pocket-book.

One way to avoid ice dams building up  is to remove the snow on your roof.  You can purchase roof rakes at many local hardware stores or big box stores.  These will help you while on solid ground be able to reach up on your roof and remove the snow that is piling up and causing the moisture to remain in the evening and refreeze.

If these dams are not taken care of immediately, they can eventually become large enough that the water will have nowhere to go but inside your home.  This may cause damage to your sheet rock, carpet, tile, insulation and any items in its path.

There are companies out there that will remove the ice dams and keep your roof & home in good condition.  So take a little time, look up and avoid a costly situation.

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Should I have Ice Hanging on My Roof?


All but one of the states have snow coverage somewhere to make this a record year.  With all the cold the country is experiencing, what about the ice on your roof?  Is this normal or should I be concerned is a question many of you maybe asking yourselves. 

 Ice dams usually develop from the incorrect ventilation of attic and roof areas.  The diagram below is a great example of how this happens.

To answer your question, NO, you should not have long icicles hanging from the roof.  They are not only a potential risk for people or animals  walking under them; they can cause severe damage to your home inside and out.   Here is an example of a severe ice dam on a home that will need professional expertise to remove this correctly:

So you have some of these same looking icicles on the side of your home?  What to do now?  There are companies you can call that will come out and look at your problem, give you an estimate to resolve this issue, give you advice on how to prevent future issues & can do the work for you.

Some of the resolutions that may be used to correct the issues could be:

~ Steaming the icicles:  Some professionals my recommend to steam the icicles off your roof.  This can take anywhere from 3+ hours to do and can be costly. 

~ Roof Melt:  These can either be in a disk form that you toss onto your roof and will melt the snow/ice around where they land or a pellet formula that needs to be spread on by someone applying it onto the roof .  Again, I would recommend hiring a professional as the roof is going to be VERY slippery and could lead to injury if done by someone not professionally trained. (Photo for example only not a recommendation on behalf of author).

~ Heater Cores: Once you have the first issue resolved, a professional may recommend you install a heating system on your roof to resolve future issues.  This is typically electrical.  Cost, installation periods & availability vary based on roof dimensions, slopes, coverage and age.  There are different styles and cable that can be used based on your needs.

Most of us, when we see the icicles hanging from our roof would instinctively grab a broom or something with a long handle and knock them down.  However, this could do more damage to your roof and/or shingles.  Do NOT run the risk of having to hire a professional to correct more than what is wrong.  If this issue  is not handled correctly, the result could be melting that runs into your home, into your attic, into the sheet rock and may make it all the way into your basement.  

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Dome roof to your roof


The most talked about news over the past week-end was the winter snow storm that dropped anywhere from 17-24 inches of snow depending on where you were in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota and surrounding areas.  By the time the storm moved on…the cities stayed still! Snowplows & metro bus’ were pulled off the road, the Mall of America closed their doors, people had snow up to their waists in some driveways and the METRO DOME roof collapsed!!!  Oh no! Thank goodness there was no one in when the collapse happened (and a quick shout out to the person that decided to leave the cameras on inside to capture it for the world to see).  This raises a question that most people may not think about:

Should I clear my roof of snow accumulations?

Yes!  If you live in a single family roof you most definitely should.  The weight of the snow can also cause your personal roof to collapse or it may create ice damns.  What are ice damns you ask.  These are areas on the roof where the snow has started to melt during the day but the liquid refreezes at night and over a process of time, this causes a damn to build that will not let the water run down the outside of your home, but the INSIDE eventually and may cause a very expensive problem for you over the winter months.  If you live in an association style home or townhouse/condo, contact your association for information on how they handle these situations.

So you say, I am supposed to get up on my roof that is how high with how much snow?!?! You are  thinking I am crazy! If you are the adventurous type, go for it, but make sure your insurance policy is up to date & someone is helping you or know to check on you once in a while! If you are not so sure, there are companies you can hire to clear it for you.  Search your local area to find the one that suits your needs & financial interests.

Keep an eye to the sky and your roof to make sure your dome doesn’t collapse on you this holiday season! Make sure your SPIRITS TO MOVE are decided by you and not Mother Nature!