A Woburn, MA homeowner. called us concerned about ice dams from last year’s brutal New England winter. She had lots of water leakage which in turn damaged her ceilings. We sent Richard, one of our salesmen out for a closer look.
Once we had poked around a bit we found that her attic insulation was extremely inadequate. We discovered an uncovered chimney chase that continued down into the basement, as well as a bathroom fan that was venting directly into the attic! These issues resulted in mildew and mold forming on the underside of her attic roof deck and was the cause for the ice dams.
We got to work right away air-sealing the attic with foam insulation which is waterproof and air tight. Next, we wented the bath fan outside and insulated the space to proper levels. When we checked in with the homeowner after her job she said that she was thrilled with the turnaround! Her moisture issues have gone away, the house is warmer and she will be safe from future ice dams.