Ice Dams--What you can do

Friday, March 15, 2013 3:32:14 PM America/Chicago

ice-damWhat is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.

What causes ice dams?

There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover, and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof, and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof's outside surface must be above 32°F while lower surfaces are below 32°F. For a portion of the roof to be below 32°F, outside temperatures must also be below 32°F. When we say temperatures above or below 32°F, we are talking about average temperature over sustained periods of time.

The snow on a roof surface that is above 32°F will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32°F and freezes. Voila!—an ice dam.

The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that are on the average below 32°F. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish...........

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Keeping your ducts clean is key!

Friday, January 18, 2013 3:44:26 PM America/Chicago

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Due to the amount of time people spend indoors, we are totally dependent on the quality of the indoor environment for the air we are breathing. And in order to provide a quality indoor environment, one of the critical factors is to have a properly maintained heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

 The hygienic condition of an HVAC system plays a major part in providing a quality indoor environment. Clean coils combined with an unobstructed air delivery system play a major role in the ability to provide a cleaner indoor environment while also providing energy efficiency benefits as well........

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Radiation and your health

Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:42:13 PM America/Chicago

A detailed article from the New York Department of Health regarding ionizing radiation and how it affects your health. Click Read More for the full article:

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Toxic Alert: Herbicide Now Detected in Human Urine

Monday, November 26, 2012 2:17:38 PM America/Chicago

A great article regarding Bt Toxin, glyphosate and how it is found in the general popluation in cities and urban areas.

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The Facts About Bisphenol A, BPA

Saturday, November 24, 2012 9:56:07 AM America/Chicago

Here is a very good article from WebMD regarding the current status of BPA exposure to children and our homes. The article also identifies steps you can take to limit your exposure to pontentially harmful BPA found in many plastcis today.

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5 Surprising Sources of Lead Exposure

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 5:35:26 PM America/Chicago

Find out 5 very surprising sources of lead exposure in your home: http://children.webmd.com/environmental-exposure-head2toe/lead

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Cleaning Your Home Without Harsh Chemicals

Monday, November 19, 2012 1:14:17 PM America/Chicago

This Article will inform you of  the problems with today's household cleaners and give you some alternative tips to avoid allegies, eczema and other unknown irritations that may affect your children.

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Fragrance Allergies: What's That Smell?

Monday, November 12, 2012 2:04:17 PM America/Chicago

From air fresheners and cleaning products to the body wash your teen just has to have, fragrances are everywhere. Although the goal is to make things smell better, all those smells can also result in headaches, rashes, and other unwanted side effects.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), about 2.5 million Americans have fragrance allergies. Fragrances don't just affect the nose -- when you use a scented product on your skin, some of the chemicals in it are absorbed. The AAD reports that allergies to fragrances are the main cause of cosmetic contact dermatitis -- a condition that can range from skin itching and redness to blisters and swelling.

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Organic Lawn Care--Making your lawn look good without using pesticides

Friday, November 9, 2012 4:17:39 PM America/Chicago

This article discusss healthy and pesticide free ways to treat your lawn and keep it looking helathy. 

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Avoiding Common Household Asthma Triggers

Thursday, November 8, 2012 11:05:40 AM America/Chicago

This WebMD article explains the common asthma triggers for children in our households and how you can avoid them. 

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