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Old 02-02-2009, 10:07 AM   #1
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My wife and I just bought a home in Nort East Ohio. It seems that the snow near the base of my home is melting a lot faster than any of the snow in my yard. Is this caused by heat escaping from the home? It is a slab home with a forced air system. The home is only 30 years old and is in very good shape. Any input will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-02-2009, 10:21 AM   #2
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Is it melting on all sides or just the sides the sun hits?
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:27 AM   #3
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Its on all sides.
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:49 AM   #4
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The earth under your home is certainly warmer, and the concrete slab does in fact conduct heat. I would attribute a little snow melting up against the house to either/both of those factors.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:43 PM   #5
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kctermite, Thanx. Is there anything that I should be doing or should I just live with it?
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:16 PM   #6
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Ayuh,...

Good old fashion Banking around the foundation may Help....
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Bondo, What is good old fasioned banking?
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:31 PM   #8
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Well,...

Back in the day,..
Sometimes Tar Paper would be lathed along the bottom of the siding, folded,+ held to the ground with sticks....
Other times,... Hay Bales would be stacked tightly against the foundation/ house....
This year,...
I duct taped a heavy poly strip in a manner as the tar paper above....held down to the ground with 2x4s,... I think it helped with the drafts,+ the Oil Bill...
Problem was,... A Big Blow, blew it apart, not once but thrwice,.... I quit,... atleast 3 sides are still covered... Once the Snow covered it, the wind is No longer a Problem...

I think the plastic, with the hay bales would be the absolute Best....
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hay or straw bales "WILL" attract every mouse and larger rodent in the county!!!
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hay or straw bales "WILL" attract every mouse and larger rodent in the county!!!
Radient rodent body heat would be attributed to a .00239% decrease in heat loss, per my super-scientific calculations. Deduct a couple points if the rodents are small.

Bronx, on a serious note, I'd just make sure the house is sealed up tight and properly insulated and heated. Other than that you probably need to learn to live with it.
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:32 AM   #11
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truck in more snow from the rest of the yard & don't worry about it,,, spring'll be here soon
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:35 AM   #12
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If I put hay bales around the outside of my house my wife would kill me. I will look into it again in the spring when I can go outside without the risk of losing a finger to frostbite.
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leaf-fill'd blk plastic bags don't look too bad when plac'd alongside the fnd,,, matter of fact, they kind of compliment the school bus & white truck tire planters
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I can put my mother in law out there up against the wall. She has enough hot air that I could turn off the furnace.
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careful or you'll be changing your login from ' bronx ' to ' bobbitt '

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