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Ice Dams

I've been seeing ice dams all over the Twin Cities, and I've heard from a number of homeowners who are having problems with ice dams right now. I've written about ice dams extensively on this blog, so I'm putting[...]

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Roof Vents: Problems and Solutions

Back when I first started doing home inspections, I was under the impression that roof ventilation was the cure-all for everything. I would look at a lot of problems and instantly point to insufficient roof ventilation as the cause,[...]

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How to prevent ice dams from the exterior

I’ve written about how to prevent ice dams by fixing attic air leaks and insulation, as well as several hack methods showing how to remove ice dams, but I still get a lot of questions about ice dam prevention. ¬†For[...]

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How To Remove Ice Dams

There are plenty of 'hack' methods of ice dam removal out there, so I decided to blog about them. The methods I'm going to discuss involve an axe, ice pick, pantyhose, salt, heat cables, a pressure washer, and even[...]

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Poorly Insulated Eaves at Old Houses

Old houses never had enough insulation at the eaves because they weren't constructed to allow for enough insulation here. Thankfully, there's a decent workaround for this on old homes.[...]

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Attic Fans Won’t Fix Ice Dams (or anything else)

Unfortunately, lots of people claim that inadequate attic ventilation causes ice dams, which leads people to do all kinds of crazy stuff to get more air flowing in to their attic.[...]

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Recessed Lights Are Evil

I love recessed lights, but even the best ones create a ridiculous amount of heat in attics, which can lead to ice dams. Until I started performing infrared inspections in attics, I never quite grasped how much heat recessed[...]

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Salt-Filled Pantyhose On Ice Dams: Not That Great

How do pantyhose make salt so much more effective than salt alone? Wouldn't it work a lot faster to just put salt directly on to the ice dam? As it turns out, yes. This works way[...]

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How To Prevent Ice Dams

Water leakage from ice dams is an epidemic in Minnesota right now. The heavy amount of snowfall and temperatures in the teens have been the perfect conditions to create ice dams.[...]

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How To Get Rid Of Ice Dams

While I've already written about how to prevent ice dams from happening, I've found that I get far more inquiries about how to get rid of ice dams. There are plenty of 'hack' methods out there, so I[...]

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How To Get Rid Of Ice Dams

While I've already written about how to prevent ice dams from happening, I've found that I get far more inquiries about how to get rid of ice dams. There are plenty of 'hack' methods out there, so I[...]

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One More Ice Dam Removal Method – Blowtorch

This is a follow-up to my blog post on How To Remove Ice Dams.  Several people suggested using a blowtorch, and I thought it would be easiest to just follow up with a video. Sorry for the lousy sound quality[...]

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