Warm Up Causes Problems For Homes

On Monday, people had a chance to feel the warm rays of sunshine as temperatures climbed out of the freezing point to the mid-40s. Snow and ice started to melt and water was dripping from all edges of roofs filled with snow and ice, but all of this water and the build up of ice dams has started to cause more damage to homes. Things like leaky roofs have caused water damage to interior walls, window frames, and ceilings.

Dave Kallio, a maintenance worker at Cedar Ridge Elder Services in Weston now has a long list of things to fix as the weather starts to warm up.

"This morning we actually had to move somebody's bed into the middle of their room because the water was dripping on them," he said, "so we're going to have to do some drywall and do some major painting."

Residents there said he's doing a good job, but are noticing damage in their rooms too.

"That one was there and I didn't have my bed there," said Cedar Ridge resident, Dorothy Bessey. "When that one was leaking, before they put me down, they wiped everything up so it didn't bother me at all. But this morning when I looked at it I thought, 'oh my goodness!'"

Kallio even had to create indoor gutters to collect water in buckets.

K-Tech President, Craig Kersemeier said this year is one of the worst years for ice dams. He said he's seen some dams two or three feet thick.

"What an ice dam does is it freezes, thaws, freeze, thaw and it can get deeper and deeper underneath your shingles and cause you more damage," he said.

He has been getting a lot of calls to clear snow and ice off roofs using a steamer that won't cause additional damage to shingles, but the roof is not the only cause for leaks.

"Because the ground is still frozen, it just can't absorb it (the water), so it's kind of going around the frozen ground and having a probability of getting into people's basements," he said.

Kersemeier recommended clearing the snow away from the base of the house so the ground has a chance to thaw. That will let water absorb into the earth rather than the basement. If your basement does experience flooding or water damage, he said to have that dried up as soon as possible to keep mold from growing.

Cedar Ridge residents have not seen a problem with that, but they may have to wait until spring to get all of their other leaks fixed.

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