Icicles are natures way of telling you that your home is having problems
A snow covered roof and the shimmering, sparkling icicles hanging from the eaves isn’t a sign that your home is getting into the holiday spirit, it’s most likely a sign that your roof is poorly insulated. As beautiful as they are, those shiny, sharp suckers are a danger to those walking by, and can be destructive to your home.
If your home isn’t properly insulated, especially at the top, rising heat will travel all the way to your attic, before trying to escape out the top of your roof. When this happens, the layer of snow on your roof will begin to melt. If the outdoor temperature is still freezing, once that water hits the overhanging eaves, it will quickly freeze up again. Over time, this process will create a large ice dam, and overhanging icicles.
The problem is, the weight of the ice dam and the icicles can tear off your gutter system, damage your shingles and create a world of water trouble for the rest of your home. As we have mentioned many times before, your gutters are your defenders against moisture. Without them, your home is vulnerable to water damage.
If you have a problem with ice dams blocking the path to your gutters, soon water will be pouring in behind your exterior walls, into your attic, into your basement, into any crease and crevice it can find. If you’ve spotted ice dams on your home, head inside for a quick inspection to assess the seriousness of the problem. Look out for:
- peeling paint
- warped floors
- stained walls
- sagging ceilings
Moisture issues are a serious threat to the integrity of your home and the health of you and your family. The quicker you get an inspection and get to the root of the problem, the easier it will be to fix.
Your home should be deflecting moisture, if it isn’t, call a professional and get to the root of the problem before it becomes too costly and/or dangerous.