How Ice Dams Form & How to Prevent Them

Ice Dams are very common on properties in cold and snowy areas. Although very pretty to look at, they can cause major damage to homes and businesses. Ice dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and even cause water damage to the property. Avoid the greatest risks by learning how to prevent ice dams from forming in the first place. If you weren’t able to get your home and roof ready in time or an ice dam formed despite your best efforts, the experts at ServiceMaster DSI are here with four ways to remove ice dams effectively yourself. Please feel free to share these tips with your policyholders.

Use a Chemical De-Icer Product: Spray a calcium chloride ice melt product, which you can generally purchase from your local hardware store. Be sure not to use rock salt or sodium chloride, which can damage your roof. Also, you’ll want to protect any plants below the gutters, as they’ll die from overexposure to the chemical. You may also fill a nylon stocking with calcium chloride, and throw the stocking up on the roof so that it lays perpendicular to the edge of the roof.

Remove the buildup: Remove the Ice and Snow with a snow rake. Snow rakes are retractable rakes that can extend. Using this rake, remove snow and icicles 3-4 feet from the edge of your roof. Be sure to pull the snow toward you; don’t use a side-to-side motion because doing so could dislodge shingles.

Use Heated Cables: Heated cables are a great fix for ice dams because they essentially stop them from forming in the first place. Place the cables on the roof with clips in a zigzag pattern vertically on the roof before the snow falls, and watch as they melt snow before it has a chance to freeze and create ice dams.

Spray Warm Water: This is only a stopgap solution, but it can produce immediate results and is the cheapest way to remove an ice dam. Obtain some hot or warm water and pour it into a spraying device of some kind (large spray bottle, lawn fertilizer canister, etc.). Then spray the water along the ice to loosen it up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Home Maintenance Checklist

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Summer officially begins on June 20th this year. Beat the heat and get a jump-start on prepping your home and lawn for the summer months!

 

  • Prevent mold growth: 
    • Especially in high-humidity areas, it is important to keep your thermostat at a low temperature. Also – try to avoid leaving your AC in the ‘on’ position. This can quickly cause mold growth because any moisture that’s in your evaporator coils does not have a chance to drain off, which can be blown back into the home.
  • Remove pests: 
    • Trim any bushes or limbs that are touching your home’s exterior.
    • Keep bird feeders at least 25 feet away from the house. Seeds can attract rodents.
  • Maintain Fridge & Freezer:
    • To keep your fridge & freezer healthy during the hot summer months, clean condenser coils. Be sure to remove any hair, dust or dirt.
  • Prep your lawn equipment: 
    • Clear any grass, dirt or debris from your lawn mower. Check the oil and gas in your lawn mower and weed-eater.
  • Clean washer & dryer: 
    • Dryer: Remove any loose lint from inside and on the back of the dryer. Vacuum out the vent from the outside.
    • Washer: remove the filter from the unit and soak it in hot water, loosening any clog or trapped residue. If the filter cannot be removed, clean it out with brush. (Some filters are disposable, so instead of cleaning them you can just throw them away and put a new one in place.)

 

 

 

May Home Maintenance Checklist

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Summer is coming!! Complete this home maintenance checklist to get ready for the new season☀️

 

  • Create a lawn maintenance schedule: 
    • Water wisely – lawns need at least 1 inch of water every week. Water deeply and less frequently.
    • Mowing – mow regularly to keep your grass healthy
    • Fertilizer – it’s best to stop fertilizing about 30 days before your summer temps arrive.
  • Add mulch to your yard:
    • There are many benefits to adding mulch to your yard.
      • Retains water and slows down evaporation
      • Prevents soil compaction
      • Gives your yard some contrast
      • Protects roots of trees and plants
  • Inspect your AC:
    • Something that should be done at least once a month is changing out the air filter. Along with that, check the system outside. Remove any leaves or debris from the unit’s exterior. Clean the coils and interior of the unit.
  • Check weather stripping: 
    • To check if weather stripping is needed around windows wet your hand with water, and run your hand around the casing of the window. The moisture on your hand will help you detect any drafts that may be passing through the window perimeter.
  • Pressure wash exterior: 
    • Before starting the pressure washing process, be sure to check for any damages on the exterior of the home. Repair areas first, close all windows and doors. And you’re ready to begin!

Tips for Working From Home

Tips For Working From Home: #stayhomestaybusy

With everything going on in the world, it can be an adjustment to work from home for the first time. It can be easy to fall into a slump and not get any work done. Here are some tips for those working from home.

  • Routine: 
    • Wake up early
    • Put on normal clothes
    • Wash your face / do your hair and makeup!
    • Behave just ask you would in your normal work environment
  • Workspace:
    • Pick a space with limited distractions
    • Choose a room that isn’t too comfortable
    • Try to avoid working from your bedroom or living room
    • Keep your workspace organized
    • Separate your personal and work spaces
  • Ground Rules:
    • Set some rules for yourself and other family members if applicable
    • Make sure everyone is aware of your ‘working hours’ in order for you to get the most out of your work day
  • Communication:
    • Keep in touch with your boss and coworkers often – it can be hard to let time slip away when you aren’t in the same room as the people you work with
    • Check in on your coworkers. See how they are getting through
    • Let others know when you are available to chat
  • Take Breaks:
    • Take your full lunch break
    • Go outside and enjoy the fresh air
    • Go for a quick walk outside to get your blood flowing

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