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- article on what they are, causes and prevention
Ice Dams On Your Roof
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Mary Yearns, Human Development & Family Studies, (515) 294-8520, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kassi Williams, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, email@example.com