What Problems Are Caused by Increased Freeze-and-thaw Cycles?
The biggest issue that you are likely to encounter because of an increased
number of freeze-and-thaw cycles is water damage.
However, the water damage can be caused by several different things!
forms at the edge of a roof, and it prevents melting snow from properly
draining off the roof. When the water can’t follow the correct path of
escape, that water can back up behind the dam.
This water is likely to leak into the home, causing damage to interior
spaces, walls, ceilings, and insulation.
The best way to deal with ice dams is to
prevent them. You can do this by repairing any attic air leaks, checking your
insulation, install soffit vents, and applying ice dam
If you have damage from an ice dam, you can contact disaster restoration
professionals to help with the cleanup.
Indoor Flooding from Melting Ice & Snow
Some flooding isn’t caused by roofing issues but by ice and snow on the
ground. In a number of situations, melting snow and ice can come into the
building through doors, basement windows, plumbing, and unsealed cracks.
These situations include:
- Blocked or frozen drainage pipes
- Snow that has been shoveled or blown against the building or home
- Improperly installed downspouts
- A malfunctioning sump pump
A risk factor for this kind of damage is living close to a body of water,
such as a lake, river, or pond.
To prevent indoor flooding, be sure to:
Check your sump pump regularly to ensure that it is functioning
Consistently take care of snow removal and make sure that the snow is at
least 5 feet away from the property.
- Inspect your home’s exterior drainage and downspouts.
Some building materials do better with freeze-and-thaw conditions than
others. “Freeze-thaw durability,” sometimes called “freeze-thaw resistance,” is used to measure how much something can withstand.
It’s a given that qualified builders in the
Laurel areas should be using materials
that have high freeze-thaw durability when they complete new construction
or renovations. However, mild winters can put stress on even the strongest
Some common materials that are affected by freeze-thaw include:
- Some vinyl siding
- Commercial roofing
To protect your home from the freeze-thaw cycle, be sure to:
Disconnect your hoses and watch for any issues with freezing exterior
Make sure that any cracks in your driveway, sidewalk, and siding are
addressed before the freeze-thaw cycle.
- Clean your gutters to keep melting water moving efficiently.