Water Prevention Tips

Here are a couple of quick and easy things you can do to help control water from entering your basement. 1. Extend downspouts away from house. 2. Clean your gutters, especially the downspouts; so when there is a hard rain the water will run through your gutter system, and not over flowing over the top of gutters; running down and raising the water table, creating hydro-static pressure, giving the water a chance to enter through any cracks. I Hope that helps.

 

-Mike Gosser

Exterior Wood Repairs

There are many new types of materials available these days that can also be used to replace siding and trim boards, that have been damaged or rotted over the winter. These include pvc materials, composites, acrylic and cement board products. These materials are available in most sizes and can be easily machined to tie right into existing facades without any real difference except that they wont rot, and usually don’t need any priming and only one finish coat of paint; and they usually use the same amount of labor to install as real wood. If this post interest you please leave a comment and I will go into more detail about these products and their varied uses. Good luck with your spring projects.

-Mike Gosser

Ice Dams

OK lets talk about Ice Dams. They are caused from attics being to warm. You attic should be only a few degrees warmer than the exterior temperature. You want a minimal of R-30 of insulation, plus it needs to be well ventilated, with a inlet and outlet, to circulate the air out (See tables on the Internet for roof ventilation calculations). When attics are too warm, it melts the snow unnaturally from underneath. As this water flows to the edge of the roof, cold air passes above and below this water, creating ice build- up otherwise known as a ice dam. When the snow starts to melt naturally it flows down the roof but cant get over the dam and starts to pool, working its way under shingles or any other opening. The size of the water pool and whether it will reach the inside of your home is determined by the size of your overhang and pitch of your roof. A small or no overhang and low pitch roof makes you more vulnerable to water infiltration. A membrane called Ice and water shield helps to prevent this. But is best applied behind the gutters. This usually means replacing gutters or removing and reinstalling them. I hope this is useful for next year! Mike Gosser