At NJW, your Columbus, Ohio general contractors, we know that with winter comes many winter woes… here are some tips for solving them:

Ice Dams
Ice dams occur when a home’s heat rises into the attic and melts snow on the roof, which then refreezes just above the gutters at the unheated eaves. An ice dam then forms and water backs up behind this point creating possible leaks into your home and causing potential damage to both your interior and exterior. Ventilation and proper insulation are key to keeping ice dams at bay.

Icy Paths
When snow piles up on your walkway then melts and refreezes, you’ve got a sheet of ice on your hands. Your best bet is to get the snow off the walk before it freezes, but once it does ice up, try a few of the many products designed to help you combat a slippery path.

Beloved by children, hated by homeowners, icicles form when sunlight or another heat source causes rooftop snow to melt, which then refreezes at the edge of the roof. The problem is in your attic. If you properly seal, ventilate, and insulate, those charming but chancy icicles will never develop.

Freezing Pipes
When water freezes in the cold of winter, it expands. That means any water sitting in your pipes runs the risk of causing a fracture—or worse. Avoid disaster by properly winterizing outside and maintaining a safe temperature inside. And know where your water main shutoff is, just in case!

Fallen Trees
A fragile tree can wreak havoc if it breaks under the burden of heavy snow. It could fall in your yard, across the drive, or even worse, on the house. Take preemptive action by performing a careful inspection of the trees on your property. If you see any of the telltale signs of weakness, call in a professional to help you head off a crisis.

We hope you have a safe, warm winter and keep us in mind for your next home remodeling project we would be happy to help, contact us today! We currently build in Westerville, Worthington, Whitehall, Upper Arlington, Powell, Pickerington, New Albany, Lancaster, Hilliard, Gahanna, Dublin, Bexley, Columbus and all of Central Ohio.