No, there isn’t a typo in the title of this blog. Or is there…? Either way, this winter is wreaking havoc on all of us including our houses. As this winter continues to worsen, I decided to share a few tips on what to watch out for around your home and what to fix immediately before you find yourself with a financial burden.

Ice Dams

Ice dams are devils in disguise. They appear beautiful with their icicle fringe hanging off the roof of your house. But underneath all that snow and ice is the potential for a much uglier scene: water leaks, wet attic insulation (eventually leading to mold), warped drywall and ceilings, detached shingles…the list goes on.

Drive around Omaha and you’ll see many houses with ice dams slowly but surely building up. They are caused by heavy snow accumulation melting and then refreezing in the gutters, while the roof temperature underneath maintains warmth, leaving water without a place to drain except for under the shingles and into your attic space.

A roof with a string of lights, both with icicles coming down


*Never use a chisel or sharp object to break ice up on your roof. You can damage shingles leading to more leaks and issues.*

two houses almost completely buried in snow

Air Intake Vents

If you have a furnace, then you have an air intake vent. In newer homes, this vent begins with PVC pipe that leads to the exterior of your home where snow can build up and block it. Older homes will find their air intake leads out the chimney through an aluminum pipe, which isn’t as easy to block with snow. When snow blocks off the PVC vent, carbon monoxide can’t escape, pushing it back into the house. As we all know, carbon monoxide is poisonous and not welcome in our homes.


Furnace Filter

When the temperature drops, your furnace has to work harder. Because of this, your air filter becomes dirty much faster than usual. Clogged air filters can cause expensive damage to your furnace, including overheating the system and hiking your energy bill from lack of efficiency in the furnace’s air intake.


a rural property with a building on fire in the background

Preventing Fires

Believe it or not, home fires occur more in winter than in any other season according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


Think of these tips as extra money in your pocket! The more prep work and safety measures you take, the less you’ll be saying dam the ice and snow. Oh, there’s that typo again…


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One Comment on “Dam the Ice and Snow”

  1. Sean said at 7:05 am on May 17th, 2019:

    Hello. This is a very nice read. I’d also like to share an article about hail-damaged roof:

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