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Winter Home Ownership Challenges

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling 651-989-9226 or texting 81807.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 1.13.18.

In the realm of home improvement, cold weather provides some interesting challenges.  Tackling home humidity often leaves homeowners puzzled with what the best approach is.  While it can seem like a wise idea, whole home humidity systems often create more problems than they solve because they frequently introduce too much humidity into your home.  Consequences of too much home humidity include attic mold, roof decking rotting out, and wet attics.  Know that proper levels of home humidity are dependent on what the current exterior temperature is.

One of the first calls came in from a homeowner named Dolly.  Her large living room window was only 4-years-old. However, she had begun to notice that snow melting off the roof and was trickling in between the glass panes and she wanted to understand what the culprit was.  Unfortunately, when this happens, window seal failure is to blame.  When it’s a window this new, most major manufacturers have warranties in place to protect the homeowner and the installing contractor can work to ensure a swift replacement occurs.winter house

As a follow-up, another homeowner texted in indicating that their north facing windows get ice freeze-up on the glass inside the home.  Once it melts, the condensation spilled over to the woodwork creating a mess.  They wanted feedback to understand what the culprit was.  Because north-facing windows lack solar heat gain, they have a cooler surface than south facing windows.  In this case condensation turns to frost and when it melts, it causes water to drain onto the wood of the windows.  While the issue could be the windows themselves, it could also be a cold surface meeting warm air issue.

Next up, was Henry from Blaine.  When temperatures dip below zero in his 10-year-old-garage, he often finds condensation on the ceiling and he was curious to know if this occurrence was cause for concern.  When this happens, it’s due to warm air coming in contact with a cold surface.   In order to address this issue, insulation should be installed and attic air sealing should be examined.