Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Savvy Homeowner Learns about Icicles, Ice Dams, and Insulation

Icicles can indicate an ice dam or an accumulation of ice at the lower edge of a sloped roof. When interior heat melts the snow, water can run down and refreeze at the roof’s edge, where it’s much cooler. Sometimes, the ice builds up and blocks water from draining off the roof. Water is forced under the roof covering and into your attic or down the inside walls of your house.

To help reduce the risk of ice dams:

  • Make sure the attic is well insulated
  • Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris. 
  • Keep the attic well ventilated so snow doesn’t melt and refreeze on the roof’s edge.
Suburban Exterminating can help improve your attic insulation by installing T•A•P Thermal, Acoustical, Pest Control Insulation.  T•A•P insulation earned the ENERGY STAR AWARD from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Typical energy savings from installing T•A•P insulation will range from 20 to 38%. We can also help you identify areas in your home that are losing heat with thermal imaging.

Call Suburban Exterminating at (631) 864-6900 for a free estimate.

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