Its IOWA and its the season.....for ice dams. As of 2.18.19, we have gotten 48.2" of snow....AND we got another 6" on Wednesday. That is 54.2".
Personally I LOVE snow, but I know most do not. Ice dams are one reason that people do not like winter.
ICE DAMS are due to snow starting to melt on your roof (usually due to poor insulation in your attic), then refreezing, thus creating a ice dam right at the edge of your roof (directly over your overhang). Might look neat, but it backs ice and water up under your shingles and could then slowly starts to leak into your attic and your home. Ice dams could also result in HUGE formations of icicles. So do a walk around the neighborhood. How do people's roofs look?
For most in NE Iowa, its not good and usually worse for older homes with less insulation in the attics space.
If you already have ice dams:
1) move as must snow as you can off your roof. Make sure to not damage your shingles in the process. 'Ice rakes' can be purchases at most home stores (or even rented).
2) clean your gutters (in the fall!) so that water is able to run away and not held up by leaves and other debris. Some people really like gutter guards, I am still deciding what my verdict is.
3) do NOT put salt on your roof--I have witnessed this once, the damage to your gutters and shingles will be costly. Some home stores also sell a product called 'roof melt'. I have not experimented with this to offer a thought on this. I found this recommendation: Fill one leg of an old pair of pantyhose with calcium chloride ice melter. Place it on the roof, pointed toward the peak with one end hanging over the ice dam. It will melt a channel through the ice for water to run off.
If you want to prevent ice dams:
1) check your in attic. STOP your heat loss areas. Insulate if you need to. Or for some, check your ventilation in the attic as well. In our house, I added recessed light covers (fire safe) in the attic, that helps drafts in your living space AND stops heat loss to the attic as well.
Have a great weekend peeps......and prepare for our next gift from Mother Nature--this time a wintry mix.
you move into a new house...and you want to make it your own. maybe some of you never look up, for those of you that do, if your house is 15+ years old, you are probably face to face with the BIG UGLY (AKA the 'popcorn' ceiling). URGH.
There are many ways to remove this eyesore, but all are messy! AND NONE OF THEM ARE FUN.
I have now tried two with so-so results.
1) scraping (it will go every everywhere! If applied pre-1978 TEST for ASBESTOS!)
2) skimming (messy in a runny liquid way)
Key lessons learned:
1) spraying with water (lightly) helps--got this idea form where water had been applied--thanks kiddos--through and the popcorn had flaked off.
2) if it was painted over, OY! The person who did this clearly has a death wish.
Here are great step by step directions I found. A bit jealous on how clean they made the process look.
I need to pace myself.....I still have the vaulted ceiling to go. Perhaps next year, I have to mentally prepare myself.
Have you ever found something you thought was utterly beautiful?
You go & share your excitement & get the look of WTF?
Then you find yourself questioning your judgement, questioning your point of view.
Take this picture for example. Its a 'patch' on a floor discovered when pulling up carpet. Part of me wants to know what is under the patch, but the other part of me is thinking, its been there for 70+ years, its working, leave it alone. It has so much character. Its amazing. Its beautiful. Then I immediately start thinking, how can the floors be refinished to showcase this long hidden gem?
So how do you get past the WTF moment?
That can be frustrating or eye opening. Like it or not, that can & does happen in real estate.
You go to show a property, you are excited to share with someone else. Sometimes the client is excited too, sometimes not. So, how do you align your perspective of real estate beauty with that of the client? Well, that is when understanding the client is KEY. Taking the time to get to know each other is part of the process. Maybe that means meeting up in a coffee shop and chatting (or a pub if coffee is not your thing), texting pinterest ideas you love to your realtor, or becoming friends on facebook or instagram.
This means the real estate agent also has to open up & share with YOU (the client). Comfort & understanding is mutual for the agency agreement to be most productive.
So don't think your agent is being nosy, they are just trying to understand your perspective of beauty.
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa. This blog is about life, of which Real Estate is a part of. Happy reading!