WATCH OUT FOR ICICLES IN SHELL KNOB, MO

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Midamerica Referral Network


ICE DAMS DAMAGE HOMES

As January-February weather brings snow and ice, even Shell Knob  homeowners can find icicles hanging from their roof.  This may look lovely on Christmas cards, but can be damaging to your home.  Severe winter weather isn't the norm in the Ozarks, but it can occur. 

 

ICE DAMIf there are icicles hanging, there are probably ice dams building up and they can damage a house.  Non-uniform roof surface temperatures cause ice dams, according to the University of Missouri Extension.



"In the winter, when warm air inside the house leaks into the unheated attic, it creates warm area on the roof, which causes snow on the exterior of the roof to melt.  The melting snow moves down the roof slope until it reaches the cold overhang, where it refreezes.  The process continues, causing ice to build up along the eaves and form a dam.

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This forces water to back up under the shingles and sometimes into the ceiling or wall inside the home.  Dislodged roof shingles, sagging gutters, damaged insulation and water stains on interior ceilings and walls can be the result."

Short- term remove snow from the roof using a rake or push broom.  Long-term, increase ceiling and roof insulation in your home to cut down on heat loss.

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Rainmaker
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Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
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not only can icicles damage the roof - they are dangerous to us - some of these are big and falling from 12 feet point first on your head, shoulder or toe can be painful and occasionally fatal
Jan 29, 2008 01:25 PM #1
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Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO
Ouch!  Good point Thesa.  We are due for our annual snow fall tomorrow, but last  year there was a major ice storm in the area just north of us, so it can be a real health hazzard.
Jan 30, 2008 08:27 AM #2
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