Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsSome homeowners may never have heard of an ice dam—especially if they’re from Florida—but as Long Islanders know, it’s an all-too common concern during winters up here, because it can cause serious damage if left unchecked. An ice dam occurs when a large hump of thick ice forms at the edge of a roof after prolonged freezing temperatures. As the snow and ice on the roof melt and refreeze over time, it can look like a mini-glacier sliding over the gutter armed with rows of icicles. The more ice and snow there is, the heavier the load on the roof, the gutters and the downspout. It can damage trim, too. More seriously, it can lead to interior flooding, threatening the upstairs rooms or the attic when melted water seeps through the roof shingles, saturating the insulation and then soaking through the dry wall or plaster ceilings and walls.If a thaw comes, the ice dam may break free suddenly, pulling off shingles, and the gutter, when it goes over the edge.As your friends at Alure Home Improvements can tell you, an ice dam can form on any style of roof.You must attack these dams, but you have to use common sense. It may require standing on a ladder—and that’s no fun in a snowstorm, so it’s not recommended. Be careful up there. Don’t swing at the ice with an axe, because you’re almost certain to leave a hole in your roof. Tap gently with a blunt mallet so the chunks of ice remain small enough so they won’t dislodge the shingles.Don’t use rock salt on your roof, because that could damage paint and metal when the salty water drains. Instead, use calcium chloride. Some New Englanders recommend kitty litter. Fill a tube of cloth—a leg from an old pair of panty hose is ideal—and lay it across the ice dam. The contents will melt the ice slowly, clearing a path for the snow melt to run off.You can also try using a snow rake, a broom, or a plastic shovel to sweep away the snow piled above the ice dam. You don’t want to damage your shingles, so be careful. Also, you could set off a mini-avalanche that might bury you in snow, or worse, hit you in the head with ice chunks.The underlying reason that ice dams form is because the interior ventilation is inadequate. The roof is too warm, causing the snow to melt and build up when it freezes.Prevention requires forethought, and a good contractor—that’s where Alure Home Improvements can come in.One method is to seal all the points where warm air leaks from the inside living spaces. Insulate the living space to prevent heat conduction through the ceiling and the walls. Ceiling fans and recessed lights are major culprits. Learn More About Alure Home ImprovementsSal Ferro, president and chief executive officer at Alure Home Improvements, recommends replacing old-style recessed lights with sealed “IC” fixtures, because you can cover these new lights with a layer of insulation without creating a fire hazard. Ventilate the space between the insulation and the roof sheathing so any heat that does get out of the living space doesn’t get trapped under the roof. The more insulation you can add to your attic floor, the less heat will escape from the rooms below, and your roof won’t warm up as much. If you spot any cracks in your ceiling or walls, definitely plug them up. If you spot dark stains on the walls or ceilings, it’s a sign of water leakage. You may need to consult a contractor to assess the damage. Alure Home Improvements can help you with that, too.Alure Home Improvements knows how to get homeowners through every season. Taking major preventive steps to improve your house’s infrastructure could be costly at first, but the money you save on energy costs over time will help pay for them. And there’s an added benefit. Your home will feel more comfortable, too, especially when the winter weather piles up the snow outdoors.
Read also: Red tape stymies social aid“In a severe situation, it is possible that our growth will fall to a negative level,” Sri Mulyani said during a livestreamed briefing after a limited Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. “This situation will definitely affect our social and development conditions.”The government has projected that Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth will fall to a 21-year low of 2.3 percent this year under the baseline scenario, and the economy could even contract 0.4 percent under the worst-case scenario.The World Bank recently slashed Indonesia’s economic growth projection from 5.1 percent to 2.1 percent this year as a result of the pandemic. It also projected more than 11 million people could fall into poverty in the East Asia-Pacific region, a stark contrast to its earlier forecast that economic growth would be enough to lift 35 million people out of poverty this year. The government has projected that millions of people will fall into poverty and unemployment as the COVID-19 pandemic batters the Indonesian economy, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.Under the “bad” scenario, 1.1 million new poor and 2.9 million new unemployed people would be added. The worst-case scenario projected 3.78 million people would fall into poverty and 5.2 million would lose their jobs.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data showed that the country’s unemployment stood at 7.05 million out of the workforce of 133.56 million last year. Meanwhile, 24.79 million people lived in poverty – 9.22 percent of the population – a decline of about 880,000 compared to the year before. World Bank lead economist for Indonesia Frederico Gil Sander warned that millions of Indonesians, including those from poor families and informal workers, were lacking economic security and that the situation would expose them to shocks caused by the pandemic.As many as 2.8 million people had lost their jobs as of Monday, according to data from the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). More than half were furloughed and placed on paid or unpaid leave.Read also: Govt introduces new social benefits as 2.8 million lose jobsIn addition, about 70 million informal workers were at risk, as they had lost their incomes as a result of the call for social distancing.Sri Mulyani said that the second quarter would be the hardest quarter this year as economic growth could fall to 0.3 percent and could even contract by 2.6 percent during the period before slightly recovering to 1.5 percent to 2.8 percent in the third quarter.“If the hard situation lasts long enough, there is a possibility of recession in which Indonesia’s GDP contracts for two consecutive quarters. This is what we’re trying to avoid,” she said, adding that the growth scenarios were dependent on the pandemic’s progression.She added that the government had prepared measures to address and solve such challenges, including measures that had been outlined several times by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.Read also: Five more months to business as usual: Business players“We will use the state budget to focus on the healthcare sector – which includes measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak – on the social safety net and on support for informal businesses, micro, small and medium enterprises and formal businesses as the outbreak’s impacts include layoffs that will affect social development,” Sri Mulyani said.The government has set aside Rp 436.1 trillion (US$26.36 billion) in funding, equivalent to 2.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), for stimulus packages focusing on healthcare spending, social protection and economic recovery programs. (prm)Topics :