How to Make the Most of Your Thermostat

When you are trying to save energy or cut down on the amount of energy your home uses, one easy way to start is by installing a programmable thermostat. While purchasing and installing a programmable thermostat can be easy, actually programming it so that you begin to see results can be a bit difficult, especially if you have no experience using a programmable thermostat. We can install one for you, 10% off during the month of April!

 

What is a Programmable Thermostat?

A programmable thermostat is designed to automatically adjust the temperatures in the home depending on what time of day it is. Essentially, you can program your thermostat to run less during the night when everyone is asleep and during the day when all family members are at work or at school. Because more energy is lost when the temperature differences in the home and out of the home are greater, turning the thermostat up or down when no one is home will reduce the amount of energy that is lost.

Figuring Out Your Family’s Schedule

Before you program your thermostat, you should no what schedule your family runs on. Depending on the make and model of programmable thermostat that you choose, you may be able to program week days and weekend days differently to reflect your family’s schedule. For example, you will need to know when your family members normally wake up, when they leave the home, when they normally return and when they usually head to bed.

Recommended Thermostat Settings

The U.S. Department of Energy suggests certain settings that can help you reduce energy consumption. When it comes to the winter months, it is recommended that the temperature be set at 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you are awake or when you are at home. When everyone is asleep or out of the home, the temperature should be lowered by 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. You do not want to lower the temperature more than this as the cost of reheating a very cold home twice a day can be high.

During the summer months, keeping the temperature higher will reduce energy waste. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that you set temperatures at 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The air conditioning should be programmed to shut off completely when you are asleep or when no one is home. When the days are just right and do not require any cooling, be sure to shut off your air conditioning unit manually. Depending on the make and model of thermostat that you use, you may need to turn it back on yourself or it may turn itself back on when the house becomes too warm again.

Keeping Your Home Comfortable

No one wants to wake up to a cold home, so you should program your thermostat to turn up the heat about 30 minutes before you or your family members plan to get out of bed. To compensate for turning up the heat a little bit early, you can always program the thermostat to turn the heat back down about 30 minutes or so before you intend to go to sleep. In fact, doing this may even encourage rowdy kids to get to bed, even when they tell you they are not tired.

While programmable thermostats can save energy and even reduce your utility bills by up to 15 percent, it is important that you follow through with using your programmable thermostat. If it is not used correctly, you can actually end up with poor results. If the device is used correctly, however, the benefits can potentially inspire you to find other ways to reduce the amount of energy your home consumes.

 

Indoor Air Pollution: VOCs

Indoor air pollution

 

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are man-made or natural chemicals that are emitted as gases, and are one of the major components of indoor air pollution. Many VOCs have been found to cause a number of adverse health effects on humans, including headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, allergic skin reaction, loss of coordination, damage to vital organ functions including the kidneys, and liver and nervous system. Many organic chemicals are also known carcinogens, and have been shown to cause cancer in animals. VOCs are emitted from a number of household items in low levels, including paint and paint strippers, furniture finishes, building materials, cleaning supplies, fuels and even cosmetics.
In several studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs are found to be up to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. After applying new paint to interior walls, the concentration of VOCs in the home may be more than 1,000 times higher inside the home than out. New buildings are the worst offenders, as new building materials can contain high amounts of VOCs. Paints and other similar materials can continue to emit VOCs from days to years after its application.

Most dangerous VOCs and where they are found:

  • Found in paint strippers, aerosol spray cans and adhesive removers, methylene chloride have been found to cause cancer in animals.
  • Benzene is a carcinogen, or cancer causing agent, that is found in tobacco smoke, paint supplies and automobile emissions.
  • Perchloroethylene is a chemical used in dry-cleaning, and can remain on clothing for a long period of time, particularly if the clothing is brought home still damp.
  • Many new building materials, including paint, ceiling tiles, wall boards and even new upholstered furniture slowly emit formaldehyde over time.

How to reduce exposure to VOCs:

  • When using products that emit VOCs with the home, increase the building’s ventilation and provide fresh air.
  • All potentially hazardous products have warnings on their labels, which include how to reduce exposure to any hazardous materials from the product.
  • Install a whole home media air cleaner.

VOCs can still leak from closed paint cans and other VOC-emitting products. The EPA recommends purchasing these products in amounts that are used quickly or in smaller quantities, and safely discarding or recycling products that will not be used.

If any products containing VOCs do need to be stored, they should be contained in their original containers with as tight a seal as possible, and in a well-ventilated area out of reach of children and pets. Once a product has been opened, it should never be stored inside the home, as VOCs will still escape over time.

Many companies now offer paints with low or no VOCs. Water-based latex paints are constantly being improved in performance and durability, and are low-emitting after application.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to completely rid the home of VOCs. However, by choosing products that are certified “green” or have contain no VOCs and properly ventilating the home, the indoor level can be reduced, which will greatly improve the home’s indoor air quality.

 

The Different Types of Air Conditioner Systems for Your Home

Whether you are completing a simple remodel of your home, rehabbing an old home that hasn’t been lived in in years or a building your dream house from the ground up, choosing the right air conditioner should be high on your list. The type of air conditioner you choose may depend on the size of your home, the layout of your home and your specific needs.

 

Central Air Conditioner

These cooling systems are located in a central area of the home with an outside component. In some cases, this area may be in the basement or in a utility room if the home does not have a basement. A system of ducts and registers allows the cooled air to travel to all of the different rooms. As the air becomes warm, it gets pulled back through the air conditioner. If you plan on installing a central air conditioner, you will need to plan accordingly as installing the wrong size can result in cooling bills that are far too high.

 

 

Ductless Cooling System

These systems are similar to central air conditioners in that they have both an indoor and outdoor component. However, these units do not have ducts. Instead, the rooms that you want to keep cool each have their own unit that connect to the outdoor unit. For this type of system, each indoor unit has its own thermostat so that you can control the temperatures in the different parts of your home based on your preferences.

 

 

 

Window Air Conditioner

These little air conditioners install in a window in a room. They contain all the components needed to cool the air in a single room. They work well for small spaces but are not efficient when it comes to trying to cool larger homes. However, if you spend a large amount of time in one room, this option may be something that will work for you if you don’t need to cool down the rest of the house.

 

 

 

Portable Air Conditioner

Portable cooling systems are similar to window air conditioners in that the unit has everything it needs to convert warm air to cold air in a single room. Unlike window units, however, portable air conditioners can be moved to where you need them most. Keep in mind, however, that they are still only large enough to cool one room at a time.

 

 

Hybrid Cooling System

Hybrid air conditioners alternate between several different types of energy sources. For example, the air conditioner may track the cost of the different energy sources and choose the one that will save you the most. These hybrid systems often use traditional fossil fuels and electricity as their energy sources.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems

Geothermal cooling systems extract the temperatures from the ground. The ground temperatures stay at about 55 degrees Fahrenheit all year long. This is accomplished using a geothermal coil that is installed in the ground. During the summer, the system pulls warm air from the home and distributes it into the ground. During the winter, it pulls the warm air from the ground and distributes it in the home.

Choose the Right Air Conditioner for Your Needs

Although there are many different types of air conditioner units available, choosing the one that works for your home and your situation is extremely important. Not only will choosing the right cooling system keep your bills down, but it will also allow your unit to work as efficiently as possible. As long as you regularly maintain your cooling system, you can expect it to continue to provide you with cool, conditioned air for up to 20 years.

 

Dealing with Seasonal Headaches

If you suffer from headaches, you know just what type of impact they can have on your productivity and ability to finish out your day. What you may not know is that, if you suffer from headaches mainly during times when the weather is changing, you could be affected by seasonal headaches. The changes in temperatures and barometric pressure during the spring and autumn season are actually a common trigger for headaches, so having a strategy that allows you to effectively deal with them can be useful.

Why do Seasonal Headaches Occur?

Studies have shown that some people who suffer headaches find that their symptoms worsen based on the changes that are occurring to the atmosphere. For example, the pain tends to be worse when there are extreme temperature changes. It has been speculated that these weather changes have an impact on the body’s hormones that act as pain messengers, like serotonin.

There may also potentially be a variety of other triggers that could cause seasonal headaches. For those who tend to suffer more headaches in the summer, exposure to heat for long periods of time could lead to headaches. Mold and other allergens can also cause those who are more susceptible to also suffer from headaches during certain times of the year. It is important to identify these triggers so that headache sufferers can either avoid those triggers or find a way to manage them.

Managing Seasonal Headaches

If you suffer from seasonal headaches or notice increased pain from headaches during certain seasons, it is always recommended that you visit a doctor to ensure that there are no underlying causes. If possible, it is also recommended that you keep a headache diary so that you can track your headache patterns. Keep track of the foods you eat, if you missed meals and how much water you are drinking. Your headache diary could help you and your doctor determine if you have triggers that could be potentially causing your seasonal allergies.

For those who have been able to identify a trigger, doing what you can to manage them can help you stay pain-free during your headache season. If allergies are a trigger, avoiding or limiting outdoor activities during the allergy season can help. Many local weather stations actually record the amount of pollen and mold in the air, which can potentially help you to plan any outdoor excursions more easily.

Strangely, hydration is often overlooked. During autumn and winter, for example, many people may be relying on caffeinated coffee beverages to get through the day instead of opting for water. Staying hydrated throughout the year can reduce the potential pain you may feel from seasonal headaches. Keeping up with a healthy diet, sticking to a healthy sleep schedule and continuing to exercise can also keep headache pain at bay.

Opting for Seasonal Headache Medications

Finally, if a headache sufferer knows that they suffer from seasonal headaches, they could potentially start a preventive medication before their headache season starts. Called calcium channel blockers, these medications block the effects of chemical serotonin. Serotonin contracts or tightens the blood vessels in the head while simultaneously lowering the person’s pain tolerance. These medications can cause side effects, so they may not be for everyone.

Because seasonal headaches can be extremely disruptive and may prevent you from spending time with your friends and family, learning how to manage your seasonal headache is a must. By taking charge of your health during your headache season, you can spend more time having fun and less time suffering from headache pain.

 

Spring Allergies?

Although you may be happy that warmer weather will soon be arriving, you may be frustrated with the allergy symptoms it may bring with it. Unlike food allergies or allergies to certain types of animals, spring allergies often occur when the trees, flowers and other fauna are in bloom.

What are the Common Allergy Symptoms?

Spring allergy symptoms can range from the sniffles to coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. In severe cases, they can cause a person to trouble breathing and can affect their ability to concentrate. Allergy symptoms can make a person feel ill and have a negative impact on their school or work performance. a

Identifying the Causes of Allergies

If a person believes that they have allergies, it is highly recommended that they go to a specialist who can help them identify exactly what they are allergic to. An allergy specialist may give you a skin test or a blood test. Skin tests often include pricking the skin with a small amount of the suspected allergen. If you are allergic to that particular allergen, you will form a red bump at the site of the prick.

Tips to Prevent Allergy Symptoms

If a specialist is able to identify a particular allergen that is causing you trouble, they may have medication that you can take that will reduce the symptoms and make you feel better. However, if your symptoms are not severe enough to warrant prescription medication or they are more troublesome than normal, there are some natural remedies you can use to keep your symptoms at bay.

For example, nasal irrigation may potentially help clean out the sinuses, which could make breathing a little bit easier. To do this, you will need to mist up a solution of warm distilled water, a quarter-teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter-teaspoon of salt. A neti pot or squeeze bottle is then used to administer the solution into the sinuses. It is important to note that this works for some and not for others, so if you do not see any improvements, you may need to find alternative treatments.

Spring Cleaning to Get Rid of Allergy Symptoms

If you are allergic to pollen and other types of biological allergens, you can help make yourself feel better by making sure your home is free of them. Vacuuming at least once a week and doing the occasional dusting can keep your exposure levels at bay. Be sure to change out or wash your furnace filters, depending on the type that you use, on a regular basis so that you can be sure that the airborne allergens are being removed from the air that you are breathing. You can also install a whole-home air cleaner like these to improve your indoor air quality.

You can also prevent some allergens from getting into your home by removing your shoes before you come inside. If you spent the day outdoors, a quick change of clothes can prevent you from transporting pollen and other allergens all around your home. Finally, you may find it appropriate to shower before jumping into your sheets. This way, you can breathe a little easier and get a refreshing night of rest.

Stay Healthy and Productive

When you find a system of keeping the allergens at bay that works for you, you will be amazed at just how much better and more energized you feel. Note that, in addition to keeping pollen and other biological allergens out of your home and taking medical precautions, it is always helpful to eat a healthy diet, stay active and stay positive.

Taking Control of Indoor Pollutants During the Spring

During the early Spring when temperatures remain low, keeping the home airtight and warm may be of the highest priority for many homeowners. While sealing off the home from the outside world will save money and keep inhabitants warmer, there is a major drawback. Sealing up the home can cause indoor air pollutants to also become trapped in the recirculating air, potentially causing feelings of illness or other more severe symptoms.

What are Indoor Pollutants?

Indoor pollutants can range from biological allergens like pet dander and pollen to harmful or even toxic particles called volatile organic compounds. Pollutants can be brought indoors from outside or they may be generated inside from appliances or even from the home’s heating unit.

Before you can begin to improve the indoor air quality in your home, you will need to determine where the pollutants are coming from. Volatile organic compounds can be found in many household supplies, personal care products, furnishings and paints. Fireplaces, dryers and other appliances also give off combustion pollutants when they are used. Finally, biological pollutants can be created when the pets shed, mold and mildew buildup in the damp places or if you bring them in from outside. For example, you can potentially bring in pollen, environmental tobacco smoke and pesticides on your shoes.

Symptoms that can be Caused by Indoor Air Pollutants

Poor indoor air quality can make you and other family members feel ill. It can cause watery eyes, coughing and sneezing. When the air quality is very poor, you may even suffer from headaches and upper respiratory congestion. In worst case scenarios, sufferers may even get nose bleeds more easily, have difficulty breathing or even develop a severe lung disease.

Because these symptoms are associated with other illnesses, you may not think about your indoor air quality when you are suffering these symptoms. However, if you feel better when you are away from home, then it may be worth taking steps to improve your indoor air quality.

Simple Ways to Reduce Indoor Pollutants

It is just a fact of life that you, your pets and your appliances will always be producing air pollutants. While you can certainly reduce the amount of some pollutants in your home, making your air permanently cleaner for the winter will involve your heater. Your heating equipment is responsible for circulating the air when your home is sealed off, so any pollutants that are in the home will have to pass through your heater first. As such, ensure that you clean or replace the filter once every 30 days during the winter. If you have a regular filter, you can upgrade to a HEPA filter, which collects smaller particles and prevents them from going back into the circulating air.

Another way you can improve your indoor air quality is to stop using products that leave pollutants in the air. For example, choosing to use green cleaning supplies and non-aerosol personal care products can reduce the amount of pollutants you are adding into the air. Additionally, if you are involved in hobbies that require paint or chemicals, working in a well-ventilated room, even if it is cold, will prevent you from breathing in the fumes. To keep biological pollutants at bay, you can up your vacuuming and dusting game to prevent a buildup of irritants. Shoes should be taken off outside or be left at the front door.

It is important for everyone to be aware of their indoor air quality and how to combat them. By being vigilant, you can ensure that the air you are breathing while stuck indoors is clean.

 

6 Tips for Going on Vacation

Traveling anywhere is often a major ordeal for families. Going on vacation may mean months of planning, packing and actually getting there. Here are some general tips to help make your vacation a success.

Choosing the Right Time to Leave

Finding the right time to travel can be a difficult task. Depending on where you are going, you may want to miss the tourist season to avoid the higher prices but you may also be wary of taking your kids out of school. However, traveling to another part of the country or another country altogether is often a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people. Consider traveling when you will get the most out of the experience. Even if this means pulling the kids from school for a few days or a week, learning how to travel can be a useful skill later on.

Pack Smart

The less you pack, the easier your luggage is to handle. No matter where you are going, packing light and smart should be your goal. Keeping your luggage down to one or two pairs of shoes, a few pairs of pants and a few shirts are really all you need, especially if you will have some access to laundry facilities or if you plan to go shopping. Taking clothing items that you can mix and match are always a good idea. Make sure to pack an extra bag in your luggage for any souvenirs or goodies you pick up along the way.

Get Creative about Where You Stay

When you plan on spending a few days in a new place, there are many different types of places you can stay at. Hotels are always a popular choice no matter where you go. The benefits are that these places usually have amenities and English-speaking workers, which can be extremely helpful if you don’t speak the language. However, some countries have hostels. These may be more affordable and give you a bit more freedom if your plans change. Vacation rental sites like Airbnb are also fun as they give you a chance to stay in an actual apartment or home in the city or town you are visiting in.

Research Where You are Going

While it is an extremely romantic idea to just pick a place on the map and go, it is to your benefit to do a little research. If you are traveling outside the country, you may want to see if the tap water is drinkable and if there are certain areas you may want to avoid. Further, tourists are often very easy to spot no matter how hard you try to mix in. Research how to best protect yourselves and what to look out for in terms of scams. If you are traveling to a place that does not have English as a first language, make sure you have your hotel address and any other information you need to know written in the language.

Slow Down and Explore

Many people try to fit as many attractions into their trip as possible. While this works for some, it can actually make a trip miserable for others. Constantly being on the go really doesn’t give you time to just enjoy being where you are. Unless there are certain attractions that you must see, ditch the guide book and go exploring. Ask the locals what their favorite restaurants are and what you should see. You’ll be able to get off the beaten path while still enjoying what the place has to offer.

Don’t Let Your Fears Stop You

Traveling to a new place can be extremely rewarding, especially if you are prepared. However, know that one can never be 100 percent prepared, so go with the flow and enjoy your vacation.

Dealing with Mold in the Home

When the humidity levels rise or you experience flooding in your home, you are at risk for growing mold. While most molds are generally non-toxic, prolonged exposure can result in health problems. As such, you should consider dealing with any mold problems as soon as possible.

Common Types of Mold in the Home

Although there are many types of molds that can be found growing in a damp home, they are broken down into three main types. The types of molds are:

  • Allergenic: This type of mold can produce allergens. Those who suffer from allergies are asthma may experience difficulty breathing when this type of mold is present. Alternaria is the most common type of allergenic mold. It typically grows in areas that are often damp, including in showers, below leaking sinks or in damp basements.
  • Pathogenic: These molds are known to cause health complications in those already suffering from an acute illness. Most molds have the ability to cause health complications.
  • Toxigenic: These molds can produce severe or even deadly health conditions. Black mold, or Statchybotrys, is probably one of the most well-known of the toxic molds. It thrives in homes that have high humidity levels or have areas that are usually damp. It produces mycotoxins that can cause severe health problems, such as sinusitis, difficulty breathing and even depression.

What Health Problems Can Mold Cause?

Although most forms of mold found in the home are not toxic, they can still have a major impact on your health. For example, exposure to mold could cause:

  • Mold Sensitivity: Some people are just naturally more sensitive to the presence of mold. Others may become more sensitive over time due to prolonged exposure. Those who are sensitive to mold may experience dry, sore eyes, a sore throat, coughing or wheezing and chest or nasal congestion. These symptoms can it very uncomfortable to live in a home with mold.
  • Respiratory Complications: In otherwise healthy people, prolonged exposure to mold can cause coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. For those who already have lung problems, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, the presence of mold can cause more severe complications. In some cases, it could cause individuals to develop infections in their lungs.
  • Chronic Conditions: If individuals are exposed to the mycotoxins released by molds over a long period of time, they can develop severe or even deadly medical conditions. For example, prolonged exposure could lead to pregnancy conditions, scarring of the lungs, bleeding in the lungs and liver or kidney conditions.

What to Do if You Find Mold

If your home has a dampness problem and you see mold, it is always recommended that you contact a professional mold remediation company. They will test the type of mold and take the appropriate steps to remove the mold problem. However, there are two things you can do until a mold remediation team can come to your home:

  • Locate the areas affected by mold: When locating where the mold is in your home, it is important to remember that mold can spread far and wide. As such, it could potentially travel to under the carpeting or flooring and behind drywall. However, locating surface mold can help speed up the remediation process.
  • Remove moldy materials: Anything that is moldy and cannot be cleaned should be disposed of. You can start the remediation process yourself by removing mold furniture, clothing and other items that cannot be saved. Be sure to wear gloves, a mask and goggles.

By being aware of the potential for mold in your home, you can keep yourself and your family safe, happy and healthy.

 

Things You Can Do to Keep the Rainy Day Blues at Bay

With spring weather just around the corner, it can be very difficult for those who need sun and warm temperatures to get through the last month or two of drab, dreary days. For some, the constant gray days and seemingly endless rain can have an impact on motivation and energy levels, making it difficult to get work done or accomplish all of the tasks they have for the day. If you feel like getting through the day is particularly difficult this time of year, there are some small things you can do to keep the rainy day blues at bay.

Make a Hot Drink

When you are feeling just a bit down, a hot drink can help you feel a bit calmer. Not only do hot drinks warm you up, but you can choose a drink that has a bit of caffeine to help give you a boost of energy. If you are at home all day, an apple cider mix or a hot cocoa mix can also be soothing and give you something to focus on instead of the rainy day.

Read

No matter how busy you are or what your responsibilities are, you deserve to have a small amount of time for yourself. Reading for a half an hour or even an hour gives your mind a chance to go somewhere else that is not home. Any type of book will work, whether you like a good fiction novel, photography books or even religious texts. If you simply do not have enough time to devote to sitting down and reading, listening to a book on tape while you do your chores is a great alternative and can make the chore more bearable.

Spend Time on a Creative Project

When the chores and the gray days become too much, take an hour or two and spend some time on a creative project that you enjoy. Whether it is sewing, knitting, painting, writing, scrapbooking or even cooking, doing something you love can give you a break from the gloomy day. Do not worry about finishing the project. Just the act of working and making progress on your creative project can be enough to get you into a better head space.

Complete Your Busywork

If you are stuck at a desk at work under bright fluorescent lights and a dark, gray day outside, you might start to actually feel time as it ticks by. Sometimes just getting through the workday is a chore. While the job you do is important, you likely have some tasks that feel like busywork. Some days, busywork can actually be a lifesaver. Having to go and make copies of paperwork or getting supplies can help split up the day and get you moving a bit.

Do Something for Someone Else

Having a volunteer activity or helping someone complete a task that he or she cannot complete without help can be incredibly rewarding. If you have blocks of time where you do not have anything to do but sit at home and watch the clouds go by, helping others will not only make the time go by, but you will make connections, get some good feelings and potentially make someone else’s life better.

Stay Happy and Product During the Rainy Days

Rainy day blues can be difficult to keep at bay, especially if you are someone who lives for sunny, warm weather. However, filling up your time with small tasks or comforting activities will help you get through the days while keeping you sane and productive.

 

Tips for Preventing and Dealing with Snow Melt Flooding

During the winter, there may be occasions where the snow begins to pile up, especially if the snow continues to fall over a period of a few days. While it may look pretty at first, eventually all of that snow will begin to melt when the temperatures rise. If the snow melts too quickly, the ground may not be able to absorb all of the water due to still being. When this happens, you may be at risk for flooding.

How Snow Melt can Cause Flooding

Snow melt is the water runoff that is caused by melting snow and ice. If the snow and ice melt too rapidly, the still-frozen ground may not be able to absorb all of the water, potentially causing flooding. Essentially, the snow and ice that has fallen becomes packed. As the temperatures rapidly rise, the snow and ice melt very quickly. All of this water runoff can accumulate and can flood streets or basements.

What Happens to a Home when Flooding Occurs?

Flood waters can quickly cause serious damage to your home. If the water enters your home and sits for more than 24 hours, your floors, carpeting and furniture could become water-logged and moldy. It can even cause clogged drains and electrical issues. Even when you go through the appropriate channels to get your home cleaned up, you may still be left to deal with insurance premium increases. As such, it is probably best to try and avoid flooding from snow melt altogether.

Tips for Preventing Snow Melt Flooding

There are some ways you can prevent flooding caused by snow melt:

  • Keep the foundation clear: When you shovel your driveway, take some additional time to shovel a 5-foot area around the foundation of your home. This gives snow melt a place to go that is not in your basement.
  • Test the sump pump: If you have a sump pump, make sure to regularly test it. If water does get in, your sump pump can reduce the potential damage to your home.
  • Fix the foundation: Have an expert come out to your home and check the foundation.
    If there are any cracks, these should be filled in to help prevent flooding.
  • Clear the roof: When the snow on your roof melts, any water that comes off the roof will be perfectly positioned to go right into your home’s foundation. Otherwise,
    an ice dam may form on your roof if the snow melt refreezes during the day. This can force snow melt into your attic and ceiling if it has no where else to go.

What Should You Do if You Experience Snow Melt Flooding?

When you find that your basement has water or mold that could have been caused by snow melt flooding, there are several things you should do:

  • Do not ignore unwanted water: If there is water in your basement, you should consider calling a professional. Even if your basement is just damp, any amount of excess moisture can cause damage to your home’s structure over time.
  • Deal with flooding events immediately: If your home floods, you should call an experienced restoration company as soon as you are able. Tackling the problem early can save you major headaches in the long run.
  • Get mold removed: If you find mold in your home, you should call professionals as soon as you are able. Mold releases spores that can make you feel unwell whenever you are home.

Staying proactive when it comes to preventing and dealing with snow melt flooding can keep your home safe and secure all year long.