If you notice water leaks stemming from your attic, the source could be due to attic ventilation, attic moisture or ice dams. Ice dams in particular can cause significant damage, and with varying winter temperatures, ice dams become more and more likely to occur. Luckily, they also are easily avoidable. As a homeowner, you should know what signs to look for to gauge your home’s susceptibility to ice dams, and what you can do avoid them.
What are ice dams?
The combination of outdoor temperatures, snow and attic heat loss lead to the formation of costly ice dams. Here’s what happens:
How can you protect your home?
A three-pronged approach to prevention will maintain attic temperatures to avoid heat loss, since you can’t control the other two factors, snow and outdoor temperatures:
Get an advantage over ice dams, and make 2012 the year you put a stop to this potential problem. Arpi’s Industries has been serving Greater Calgary-area homeowners for almost 50 years, and ensuring healthy, durable attic spaces.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ice dams and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.