Extension News

Don’t Let the ‘Melt off' Cause a Meltdown


AMES, Iowa---The weather forecast is becoming more welcoming; however, the high amounts of snow received earlier in the winter remain a cause for concern.

Higher temperatures cause the snow to melt, and all of the melt off can create additional concerns for buildings, plants and livelihood.  Iowa State University Extension has many free resources for Iowans who want more information to address these issues in and around their homes.

One concern is ice dams, ridges of ice that form on the edge of a roof and prevent melting snow from draining. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak inside and damage walls, ceilings and other areas. The leaking water can cause mold growth and lead to additional problems.

Listed below are a variety of resources addressing issues related to melt off.  For additional information please visit Iowa State University Extension online at www.extension.iastate.edu.

"If you can't fnd answers to your specific questions, I suggest sending in new questions to 'Ask an Expert' at extension.org.  A university extension specialist will give you an answer," added Mary Yearns, ISU Extension housing specialist. "These questions and their answers then can be added as FAQs to the eXtension data base to help others."  

Ice Dams

Ice Dams- article on what they are, causes and prevention

Ice Dams On Your Roof 

Ice Melts

Know Your Ice Melts


Mold & Your Home -- publication on types, causes and clean-up

Home Environment questions and answers

Other home environment questions? Call AnswerLine at 1-800-262-3804 or email answer@iastate.edu  Or check the AnswerLine Web site


Trees & Shrubs

Winter Perils for Trees and Shrubs

Other gardening questions? Call the Hortline at (515) 294-3108, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., or send an e-mail to hortline@iastate.edu.



Contacts :

Mary Yearns, Human Development & Family Studies, (515) 294-8520, yearns@iastate.edu

Kassi Williams, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, kassi8@iastate.edu