Ice removal tips for your home
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
As we get set for a messy weekend with snow and ice building up, home repair experts indicate homeowners will want to plan ahead.
Early planning is the best way to avoid any sort of damage to your home. ABC 6/FOX 28 went straight to a local expert to get the important information you need!
“Our number one call is ice damming, gutters, water backing up,” said John Hahn owner of Columbus Handyman.
When the weather gets rough, Hahn gets pretty busy. Hahn and his crew gearing up for a non-stop rush with the coming ice.
Hahn gave ABC 6/FOX 28 some pretty good information to help you avoid damage to your home. One of the most important things to remember is to clean out those gutters.
“The biggest problem is the water backs up underneath the shingles and gets into the insulation, gets the insulation wet and you got mold. It gets into the drywall, then you’ve got water stains,” said Hahn.
Hahn told ABC6 that ice dams can cause major issues. Hahn said if the ice has already built up, stuffing socks with rock salt and laying it right on the ice.
If any icicles form, knock those down as well. The weight can pull the gutters down.
Also, if you haven’t done so already disconnect that outdoor water hose.
“The water freezes and then inside the pipe it will expand and crack and bust and when the temperatures warm up, it’ll let the water out in your basement,” said Hahn.
Hahn also pointed out something that may have never crossed your mind. Make sure to raise your garage door. Under frigid, icy conditions the plastic bottom can literally freeze to the concrete.
“The force of it freezing will seal it real good. We get a lot of calls for that,” said Hahn.
Those are just a few reminders to keep you problem free over the coming days.