Ventilation and Your Roof
- Leaks through the roofing material
- Damaged ceilings and walls
- Damaged roof structure and insulation
- Damage or injury when the ice dam falls off
- Damage or injury from attempts to remove ice dams.
Solving the Problem
There are many ways to treat the symptoms, but proper air sealing, insulation, and attic venting are the best way to eliminate the problem.The way to stop ice dams from forming is to keep the entire roof cold. In most homes this means blocking all air leaks leading to the attic from the living space below and increasing the thickness of insulation on the attic floor.
Understanding Condensation: Ever wonder why condensation forms on your windows—and what you can do to prevent it?
How Can Condensation Be Reduced?
Day-to-day activities such as cooking, washing and drying clothes, heating and even breathing produce water vapor. Air can only hold so much moisture in the form of an invisible vapor, no matter what temperature it is.
When the air contains more moisture than it can hold, it reaches ‘saturation point’ and when this is reached, the moisture turns back into water and condensation occurs. The temperature reached at saturation point is called the ‘dew point’.
Why is My Basement Leaking?
Most of the time, when your basement is leaking, it is caused by some form of drainage problem outside the home. In most cases, this means your basement is leaking because the soil surrounding your foundation and the walls of your basement has become overly saturated.