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Ice Dams
Ice dams on your roof are generally caused by poor or leaky attic insulation, improper roof membrane installation or clogged gutters. The attic has to be cold to prevent ice dams. After the first snowfall there is little that a homeowner can do. Professional steaming works in severe cases, but prevention is best. Check the attic for warm air leaks and roof-rake off large deposits of snow.

The City of Minneapolis offers mortgage loans and two types of home improvement loans through its CityLiving Program, a first time homebuyer joint effort between the City of Minneapolis and the City of Saint Paul.

For more than 20 years the cities have worked together to create mortgage loan products which serve low- and moderate-income families. More than 10,000 people have purchased a home through the CityLiving program. For information on CityLiving, call 612-673-5282 or click here for FAQ's

Combined with the Federal Tax Credit, these incentives make buying a home affordable for more people than ever.

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unlockHomeOwnershipFire & Ice
All consumer ice melt products use the same nine chemicals either alone or in compound. When choosing an ice melt product there are two factors determining the more efficient chemical mix; melt temperature and application quantity. Calcium Chloride is the most efficient de-icer, it works to -25 degrees F, is the fastest acting and remains longest in brine solution. A compound mixture of, for example; Calcium Chloride and Ammonium Nitrate, the overall effectiveness of the Calcium Chloride is diminished by the quantity of Ammonium Nitrate.

Damage to vegetation and concrete may result from an overapplication of any de-icer, so only use as much as necessary to soften the ice; then scrape away the residual slush and pile it away from vegetation. Ammonium Sulfate, Ammonium Nitrate and urea are all better known as fertilizer compounds. These chemicals attack concrete, and Sodium Chloride (rock salt) will increase the freeze/thaw cycle of concrete. If the salt residue and slush are not removed from a concrete surface, then spalling damage can result.

Pet-safe de-icers are typically urea compounds, sometimes listed as Carbonyl Diamide or Carbamide Resin, and will melt ice to 15 degrees F, and in large quantities these chemicals are runoff contaminants. Used to excess, rock salt, Magnesium Chloride and Calcium Chloride can cause burning on a dog's feet, and mouth if it licks its paws. This is because as the salts convert to liquid brine the skin surface heats up to 175 degrees F. There are concerns about animals ingesting these compounds. Best practices for all de-icers is safe storage, prudent application and prompt removal of slush and excess de-icer.

Sodium Hypochlorite, or common household bleach, is a very effective de-icer. The bleach compound decomposes readily to salts and is not generally harmful to vegetation or aquatic animals.

At our house we use coffee grounds on the sidewalk; it provides grit, the dark color absorbs heat, it's organic, pet-safe and in the springtime it makes for a nice lawn fertilizer, especially caffeinated coffee.

Minneapolis City Sidewalks
Clear of snow within 24 hours for residences; all the walks and down to the surface. Failure to clear your walk will bring a warning from the city Sidewalk Inspector, and the possibility of the city clearing it for you, the charges added to your property tax bill. More information and locations for free sidewalk sand are found on the city web site, click
minneapolis.mn.us/

Sources used for this newsletter:
http://www.peterschemical.com/break-the-ice-comparison-of-ice-melting-chemicals/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleach

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