Midwesterners have been on the wildest weather ride of the last two decades as they’ve had their fair share and then some of wicked winter weather. However, the snow, ice and frigid cold weather is on its way out which is good news for millions of Americans. The polar vortex that came out of the north is what was responsible for driving temperatures downward to record lows. It also transformed entire communities into icy tundras very few people ventured out in.
The National Weather Service is reporting that a warming trend is on the way and that in fact, some areas could see temperature rise by up to 50 degrees or more this coming weekend. The mighty polar vortex drove temperatures down in all 50 US states on Tuesday in a rare nationwide chill that won’t completely release its icy grip until Thursday.
A sense of normalcy is beginning to come to many people living in the Midwest including residents of Chicago and Detroit whom withstood the extreme sub-zero weather. But as the temperatures begin to rise and rain is being forecast for some areas, cold-weary home and business owners will have other worries on their minds besides staying warm as flooding could ensue as could problems with frozen pipes that burst from the pressure.
The extreme cold that had the Midwest in its grips wreaked havoc as it caused all types of problems ranging from vehicles refusing to start to furnace failures and power outages. Now people will have to concern themselves with the possibility of flooding and especially those living along waterways and near lakes. And, as the temperatures rise, snow built up on roofs can turn to ice as the snow melts, causing ice dams.
An ice dam can damage a roof and its gutters and it also can cause water to leak inside a home. While the icicles hanging off a roof may look charming and rather majestic, they are a sign of an ice dam that should be dealt with. To get rid of an ice dam safely and as quickly as possible, a roofing expert should be called in as roofers use pressurized steam to melt the ice away.
Plumbing services all across the Midwest have been working around the clock answering calls about frozen and burst pipes. It’s very likely that most plumbers won’t catch up on their sleep anytime soon as they’re sure to be answering even more calls about burst water pipes. This is because a frozen pipe can take several days to burst even during a thaw. Pressure changes inside the pipe can build up over time until water finally spews out a crack or weak point.