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Ice Dams- How to avoid or remove them safely

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

HOW DO THEY FORM?

The process for icicle formation is actually quite simple: heat is rising throughout your Home and through the roof, leading to snowmelt. As the water accumulates to the edge of your roof and to your gutter where it will re-freeze into icicles.

WHY ARE THEY A PROBLEM?

The problem breaks down into two parts: you’re losing your precious heat, and your roof and gutters can be damaged.

As heat rises throughout your home you don’t want to lose too much of it through the roof–there is an energy bill to consider, here! This is usually a sign that your roof and attic have poor insulation, resulting in a loss of heat. This doesn’t always apply to the whole top part of your house. They may form only in certain areas of the house and can be a guide for where to start your finding your solution.

As for your roof and gutters, you might find more obvious destruction from the buildup of icicles. When they become too heavy or too large, it could lead to more snow accumulation. Over time, your roof or gutters may not be able to hold up all the weight and fall apart as a result–and that’s just damage from snow.

As the snow melts, a lot of the water will also pool on your roof. Many homeowners experience the water seeping into their home, leading to further damage on their walls and the wood within them.

 

What Are the Dangers of Ice Dams?

The more snow and ice accumulate, and temperatures rise and fall, the larger the potential for ice dams. And ice dams can cause a lot of damage both inside and outside of your home. You may see damage on your roof and gutters and this may lead to meltwater getting into your ceiling or attic, says the Insurance Information Institute. Once that happens, insulation may get wet, paint may peel and the structure of your home may become damp, says Focus on Energy.

How to Remove Snow to Help Avoid an Ice Dam

It’s best to remove snow from a heavy snowfall immediately to help prevent the buildup of ice dams later. Though you might hear about people doing anything from using a snow blower to remove snow or an axe to help chip away at an already-formed ice dam, both methods may damage your roof. These methods may also be dangerous to your own personal safety, EnergyStar.gov warns.

A push broom with stiff bristles can be used to help remove snow off flat and low-slope roofs, while a roof rake can be the right option for sloped roofs, the National Weather Service says, because you can remain on the ground and still remove snow. Of course, you can also contact a professional to do the job.

In the event that an ice dam does form, the weather service suggests keeping the attic well ventilated — the colder the attic, the less melting and refreezing on your roof, the weather service says.

How to Help Prevent Ice Dams in the Future

According to This Old House, a simple way to help prevent ice dams is to keep your roof and eaves the same temperature. Here’s how:

  • Add extra insulation in your attic floor to help keep the warm air inside your home and out of the attic.
  • Relocate or remove heat sources (recessed lighting, for instance) in the attic directly under your roof.
  • Insulate attic access doors with a cover, or seal an existing hatch with weatherstripping.
  • Check the exhausts. Make sure all ducts from bathrooms, kitchens or other living areas exhaust to the outside, not the attic.
  • Check the flashing around the chimney. Over time, the flashing may crack and separate from the roof, causing hot air to potentially escape and allowing water to trickle in along the chimney. Have your chimney or roofing professional check the flashing and, if necessary, repair or replace it.

Preventive steps like these can help preserve the health of your home by stopping ice dams — and maybe even those icicles!

 

Tom Stachler is a Michigan licensed real estate Broker and Builder working in the Ann Arbor, Saline and Dexter Real Estate markets.  Please refer to the helpful Links above for more information about Buying or selling real estate, homes and condos when searching for one of the area's best real estate brokers. 

Extreme Cold Weather Safety Tips

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

How to Keep Warm in Your Home

 

 
 
  • Have your furnace inspected before cold weather arrives. Inspect the heat exchanger for cracks, install a new air filter, and check the thermostat to see if it’s working properly.
  • Inspect fireplaces, and chimneys before using, and make sure they are clean.
  • Keep drapes and blinds closed, unless windows are in direct sunlight.
  • Put up storm windows, or install sheet plastic window insulation kits on the inside of windows.
  • Cover or remove any window air conditioners.
  • Insulate electrical outlets and switches on exterior walls with foam seals available at home centers.
  • Caulk any cracks or holes on the outside of your house.
  • Repair or replace weather stripping and areas around doors and windows.
  • Run ceiling fans on low in reverse (clockwise when looking up) to circulate warm air around the house.
  • Put draft snakes on window sills, between window frames, and against doors- anything with openings.
  • If you heat with propane or fuel oil, make sure the tank is full.
  • If you heat with wood or coal, have plenty of fuel on hand.

House surrounded by snow

How to Stay Safe in an Ice or Snow Storm

 
 
  • Stockpile nonperishable food and water.
  • Refill prescription medications in advance of storm.
  • Fill car with gas. Have a snow brush in the vehicle. 
  • Charge cell phones fully.
  • Have flashlights, batteries, non-perishable foods, and a manual can opener on hand.
  • A portable generator can come in handy if the lights go out, but take precautions to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning when using.
  • Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and the batteries powering them will last.
  • Have a working fire extinguisher on hand for emergencies.
  • A chain saw can come in handy for removing broken limbs after an ice storm.

Tom Stachler is a Michigan licensed real estate Broker and Builder working in the Ann Arbor, Saline and Dexter Real Estate markets.  Please refer to the helpful Links above for more information about Buying or selling real estate, homes and condos when searching for one of the area's best real estate brokers. 

Coming Soon in Yorkshire Hills Saline Michigan

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Completely Updated Ranch with 3 Car Garage

This Home is located in popular Yorkshire Hills in the award winning Saline School district and only 5 minutes from the US-23 & I-94 exchange.  Commuters LOVE this York Township location because it provides easy access to their destinations and the low, low taxes.  

This wonderful ranch has updated kitchen with Granite and Stainless appliances, all three bathrooms have been updated including a wonderful soaking tub and multi head shower with frameless glass in the master. The home also has nice sidewalks and patio embedded with stone/aggregate surfaces.  Sprawling and immaculate lawn adorned with professional landscaping front and rear.  The garage has insulated doors and is heated with its own gas fired furnace and thermostat zone and epoxy finished floor.  

Coming to the market soon, so please reach out to us for more information and Do Not Forget the HD walk through video Below 

  • Updated Master Bath with Multi Head Shower Soaking Tub
  • Granite and Stainless Steel Kitchen
  • All new Guest Bath
  • Updated High Efficient Gas Forced Air Furnace & Water Heater
  • 3 Car Heated Garage
  • Outdoor Shed
  • Commuters Dream Location
  • Low York Township Taxes
  • Aggregate sidewalk and patio
  • Professionally Landscaped
  • Watch the attached Walk Through Video
  • Ranch Style Floor Plan
  • Private Back Yard and Patio
  • Handy Mud Room/Space with Shoe Lockers etc

Check out the Video Below

 

Saline Michigan Homes for sale in York Township with award winning schools.  Tom Stachler is a licensed real estate Broker selling homes in the saline, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas.  

Updated Ranch in Ypsilanti

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

1400' Ranch in Ypsilanti Township

Nice ranch with updated paint, carpet and hardwood flooring to go with the remodeled kitchen, glass tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances.  Home is located in a great commuter friendly neighborhood south of I-94 expressway between Ann Arbor and Metro Airport.  

  • New Cabinets and counter tops with soft closing hardware
  • Beautiful SS Appliances
  • New hardwood flooring and carpet
  • Fresh paint and trim
  • Newer Roof 2014
  • Soaring Ceilings
  • Front Load Washer and Dryer
  • Fenced back yard
  • 2 Car Attached garage

Hurry and call or email us today.  734-996-0000 to get on the first to view notification list.

 

Tom Stachler is a licensed Real Estate Broker selling Houses, condos and commercial / income property in the Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and Saline Real Estate markets.  Looking for a realtor in the surrounding area?  Call us today for a inventory list of homes coming up for sale.  

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team
Its here! Ann Arbor Restaurant week is the best way to try restaurants of all types for a low, fixed price - $15 for lunch or $28 for a three course dinner. Some places are even offering a 2 for 1 pricing. This week, you can explore new cuisines or visit your favorite for a budget friendly food tasting experience. 
 
The plethora of restaurants offers vegan, vegetarian, locally-scoured and gluten-free options. For a preview of menus and to see what restaurants are participating click here. The regular menu is available also. To get your taste buds excited for Ann Arbor's best places to eat, here's some photos of restaurants that are participating. The event goes from January 13 – 18.
 

Grange Kitchen and Bar | Menu

 

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Dessous | Menu

 

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Avalon | Menu

 

Tom Stachler is a licensed Ann Arbor area real estate agent and broker also working real estate home and condo sales in the Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Ypsilanti, Milan and many of the surrounding markets in both Washtenaw and Livingston County.  Please click on the inventory or MLS search tab above for the latest residential, income and commercial realty property listings for sale.  

Meet Our Winner - Sign up for the Ring

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Congratulations on our winner, Fred! He and his wife will be going to the Red Wings game at Little Caesar's for the FIRST TIME. Have fun!

If you didn't win this time, you still can win. Our current giveaway is for a Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell. 

To enter to win Like our Facebook Page and enter your contact information in our giveaway link

Sign up below for the Ring Door bell Giveaway

Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County Market Update for December 2018

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team
Higher Sales Prices and Fewer Sales in 2018
 
Overall, the Ann Arbor area housing market saw higher housing prices in 2018 compared to 2017. The average sales price of single family homes in 2018 was $321,737, 6.2% higher than the average sales price in 2017. December 2018 saw a 1.5% increase in the average sales price of single family homes, with an average of $302,373, compared to $297,785 in December 2017. Condominiums sold at an average of $254,051 in 2018, 13% higher than the $224,818 average sales price of 2017.
Average listing prices were up for both single family homes and condominiums in 2018. The average list price of single family homes in 2018 was $326,374-up 6.2% from 2017-and the average list price of condominiums in 2018 was $256,318-up 13.3% from 2017.
The number of new listings year-to-date was up 2% from 2017, with a total of 5,789 new residential listings in 2018. In December 2018, the number of total new residential listings was up 10.6%, with 198 new listings compared to 179 in December 2017. Residential sales were down 14.5% in December 2018 compared to December 2017, and year-to-date, there were 7.1% fewer total residential sales overall compared to 2017.
Despite sales slowing towards the end of 2018, the housing market is predicted to have a good year in 2019. According to research from CoreLogic's Home Price Index, home prices are expected to appreciate by 4.8% in 2019 and interest rates are expected to rise.
 
To see more Ann Arbor Area housing statistics, view the December 2018 Housing Statistics Report.


 

Tom Stachler is a licensed Real Estate Broker working in and around the Saline and Ann Arbor Michigan Markets selling homes and condo and commercial real estate.  Contact his office today for any of your realty needs.  

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