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Blown-in Insulation Keeps Your Home Warm and the Underside of your Roof Cold - Boston, Worcester, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 13, 2015

Ice dams form along the edges of sloping roofs. If your attic does not have adequate insulation, warm air can escape and cause ice dams. Once they do, the meltwater can cause your home’s paint to peel off and drywall to sag. The water damage can also leave rust spots and water trails that stain your home’s exterior. Quite a bit of damage can arise from ice dams, and the best way to prevent them is to have better home attic insulation.

Blown-in insulation in Worcester, MA reduces air leaks where heat can escape and cause ice dams. With the help of an insulation specialist, the required R-value in your attic will be determined and provided. The insulation can be blown in using special pneumatic equipment, filling spaces around the joists, rafters, and even the gaps in hard to reach areas in your attic.

It is often hard to see the savings in heating costs that you will have by adding home insulation. However, in a winter such as the one we are experiencing this year, where about 70% of Massachusetts is already experiencing ice dams, many homeowners can now see the benefit of having the right attic insulation.

Best of all, your home will stay warm and cozy even during the biting cold weather conditions like the record setting lows we have right now. To find out more about the benefits of blown-in insulation, contact the Custom Insulation Company, Inc.

Preventing Winter Freeze Ups and Ice Dams

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Preventing Ice Dams

Keep your attic well ventilated. Cold attics prevent ice accumulation on the roof from melting, resulting in refreezing. This is done by having the right amount of attic insulation.

Keep the attic floor well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through hte attic from within the house.

Install ice dam prevention underlayment as part of your roofing system.

Install new or additional insulation in order to prevent heat loss.

Remove ice and snow from roofs with a snow rake.

Preventing Winter Freeze Ups

During winter months, do not turn the thermostat off when leaving your house. Instead, lower the thermostat to a temperature warm enough to keep pipes from freezing, no lower than 55 degrees.

Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow the heat transfer. Check water hoses for signs of cracks or bubbles. Replace faulty hoses.

Consider installing an electronic leak detection system. When water touches the sensor, the valve closes, protecting everything downstream. Some systems can also alert remote securty monitoring services.

Forced hot water systems should have an appropriate antifreeze mixture.

On very cold days, open cabinet doors under sinks, allowing warm air to circulate around the pipes. Let a slow trickle of water to continually flow from faucets to prevent freezing.

Exterior faucets should be shut off for the winter. Hoses should be disconnected and the valve left open.

For more information on better insulating your home, contact Custom Insulation.

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