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By ABC Roofing, Jan 22 2018 01:58PM

Imagine for a moment, you just had a new roof installed, spent thousands, it's now winter and you have a roof leak...or so you think...


This winter we've experienced some pretty harsh conditions. Our office has taken an abundance of calls with concerns of what is thought to be a roof leak. Obviously, when you notice water intrusion, your first conclusion is to assume it's the roof- which makes sense. While it's a great idea to have your roofing contractor come out to assess the issues to narrow it down, did you know the cause of your problem may not be your roof at all? It could be your whole house humidifier. We know...this is shocking to most customers. Let us explain.


Many homeowners experience dry air inside during winter and are looking to add some comfort within the home. The most obvious solution seems to be installing a whole house humidifier. While a whole house humidifier is a great way to add moisture, as we've always said- moisture equals big problems, if uncontrolled.


Too much moisture can cause major problems such as mold, mildew, large amounts of condensation (pictured below) damaging your insulation resulting in insulation extraction and re-installation, damage to roof decking, drywall and more. In some instances, moisture can damage your home beyond repair, as we've seen in some cases in recent weeks.



Are Whole House Humidifiers Bad?


Well, not exactly. While it may be a better idea to get a table top or portable humidifier, whole house humidiferis can add comfort to your home, when used correctly. Make sure you ask all the right questionswhen having a whole house humidifier installed. Don't always rely on your HVAC technichian to give you these small, but important details. The most important and maybe only defense against issues is to know what the humidity levels sould be set at based on outside temperatures.


According to Reuben Saltzman, Minnesota Home Inspector, if the outdoor temp is 20 degrees, set your humidifier at 35%. If temps outside fall to 0 degrees or below, set it at 25%. This should be done prior to the temperature drop.


So, How Do You Know It Could Be Your Whole House Humidifier?


1. Staining or streaking along walls and/or ceilings, especially if the streaking is along the extent of the room and appears to be along a beam.


2. Excessive window condensation


3. Frost in your attic (pictured below). This could be a couple things- lack of insulation or ventilation but is most commonly caused by a whole house humidifier being set too high in sub zero temperatures.


4. It's "raining in your attic." This typically occurs after that frost (mentioned above) melts, causing water to drip from the decking's nails.


These are just a few things to look for if you experience moisture and just so happen to have a whole house humidifier. It's better to stay ahead of the moisture problem rather than find out too late that you could've potentially prevented the issue.


It's important to note that if the cause was indeed your whole house humidifier, adjusting the setting may not eliminate the issue right away. Any condensation that's up there now will re-freeze and thaw again with the warmer temps we're seeing. You may not see any change until Spring or Summer when your attic heats up enough for that condensation to eventually evaporate.


So, if you're still stuck on the idea of getting a whole house humidifier, just make sure you are educated on what the proper settings during each season.


As always, ABC Roofing is here to help educate our homeowners and would be happy to come assess your concerns, free of charge. Our team is one of the most knowledgable in the state!

Frost on decking
Frost on decking
Condensation on Roof Decking
Condensation on Roof Decking

By ABC Roofing, Jan 9 2018 04:11PM

It's been many years since Indiana's seen temperatures this cold! We've had a lot of homeowners calling with concerns of a roof leak, seeing condensation on walls and ceilings or what is thought to be a leak due to ice damming. How do you know if it's a serious problem or just an act of nature?


If you're experiencing condensation on your walls or ceiling, water dripping from nails in your attic or have a roof leak with recent weather, ABC Roofing is here to help!


Condensation can occur when warm air circulating through your house meets the cold air in your attic or walls which results in the moisture you're seeing. Water dripping from your ceiling, trailing down your walls or dripping from nails in your attic are a good indicator this is what's happening. With the weather being in the negative digits then the quick warm up, this is most likely the cause and you may never have this issue again. It may also mean that your home's ventilation and insulation need to be assessed.


Insulation and ventilation allow your home to breathe and work to keep the temperature inside your home consistant. When there isn't enough insulation, warm air escapes into your attic meeting the cold temps of your roof decking which can cause condensation (as demonstrated in our picture), among other issues. It's important to check your attic insulation and ventilation to ensure you have the proper amount to reduce the risk of any issues that may occur during winter.


Ice damming is another problem our clients have been dealing with. Unfortunately, our first instinct is to assume we have a roof leak due to defective shingles or some other roofing issue. During winter's like this, it's quite often just an ice dam. When it comes to Mother Nature, there's not much you can do other than remain vigilant. Ice damming CANNOT be prevented. There are measures you can take to reduce your risk but don't be fooled by promises of a product that will magically "prevent" ice damming- it's just not true.


Ice damming occurs when snow and ice accumulate on your roof, heat from your home rises and meets the cold surface of the roof decking in your attic which begins to melt the ice dam from the bottom causing it to melt leaving the water nowhere to go but in. Again, this is an "Act of God" and cannot be prevented. Your roof may be 10 days old or 10 years old, you simply cannot stop Mother Nature.


You may be wondering, what can I do?


1. Nothing. We know this sounds discouraging but sometimes all we can do is let Mother Nature run it's course. As stated in the article, with the drastic temperatures and precipitation this season, you may never have these issues again. You should, however, contact a qualified contractor to assess the area to ensure it's not major problem. Once everything is ruled out, just watch the area and wait.


2. Check your insulation and ventilation to redue your risk of condensation in the home


3. Seal any gaps where heat may be escaping into the attic (we recommend contacting a qualified company to do this)


4. Check humidity levels in the home. Make sure any hole House Humidifiers are set between 35-45%. Humidity equals moisture so be sure the humidity levels in your home are where they should be


5. Get a dehumidifier. If there's too much moisture in the home a dehumidifier is a gret option! Not sure how to check the levels? There are qualified contractors who will come to check humudity levels in your home for free and can make recommendations.


6. Make sure your gutters are cleared out before winter. Built up debris with snow and ice accumilation will freeze and clog your gutters which can cause water intrusion into the home.


7. Get roof melt tablets or a roof rake. Once the snow fall, use a roof rake to scrape snow from the perimiter of the home. This helps snow and ice to drain. If there's a good snowfall, take roof melt tablets and toss them on the roof around the perimeter of the home. You can also toss them into your gutters which will melt down any icce formation and will allow for proper drainage.


8. Install heat tape. Heat tape can be turned on after a good snow. It wil begin to melt the snow and ice accumulation allowing for water drainage. It's designed to reduce ice from forming causing an ice dam.


Water intrusion of any kind can be very stressful. ABC Roofing urges homeowners to remain vigilant and we are here to help. If you're experiencing condensation or suspect you have a roof leak, call our office today. Best of all, there's no charge. Our highly qualified staff are here to help!



 

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