Condensation: A Property Damage Culprit in Winter

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Most people know in a general sense what condensation and dew point are, or at the very least, have heard the terms while watching their local weather forecast.  But how many know why they are important? Unfortunately, a lack of understanding of these terms and the science behind them can cost homeowners thousands of dollars in damages resulting from condensation. First, A …

Ice Damming: Detection, Cause & Prevention

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Ice dams and their resultant leaks can be an expensive and even chronic problem in those regions where snow-covered roofs are a common occurrence. To understand their detection, cause, and prevention requires some understanding of the dynamics of a structure’s construction, insulation, and ventilation. Ice dams most commonly make their presence known when the owner or tenant of a shingle-covered …