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It’s Ice Dam Season – An overview from Housemaster!

Ice Dam Overview
Often when homeowners experience water leakage and damage around exterior walls and ceilings during the winter months, they think they have a faulty roof, when actually the culprit is an ice dam. Ice dams are caused by melting snow that refreezes along the lower edge of a roof, blocking the run-off from subsequent snow-melt.


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The heat within an attic that develops as a result of radiant heat from the sun or heat loss from the living areas of the house due to inadequate insulation is a contributing factor in the formation of ice dams. This heat typically rises to the higher points of the roof causing the snow cover to begin melting at those areas. As this melting snow runs down the roof surfaces below the snow, it contacts the colder areas of the roof along the edge or eave. Once it reaches this point, the cold roof surfaces cause the water to refreeze. The continuous freezing of the melting snow forms a noticeable dam of ice. As the water from the subsequent snow melt higher up on the roof arrives at the ice dam, it is blocked and begins backing up. Eventually it can seep in under the roofing materials, leaking through the roofing and sheathing into the attic and then to the living area where it causes stains and damage to the walls and ceilings below  (click this link for for the rest of the article

Thanks to Dave Cobosco for his article.

David M. Cobosco    DMC Inspections, LLC  dfba HouseMaster
Home Inspections, Done Right   409 Middlesex Turnpike  Billerica, MA 01821
Cell: 508-479-1773

If you should run into a problem with an ice dam, immediately call someone.  The damage created if not taken care of can be extensive

Joan Parcewski, Realtor      Woods Real Estate     c 978-376-3978     o 978262-8665  

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It’s 2015 – What’s happening around the area this January?

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives sometime we forget about what is happening around us – here are a few places to check out as we kick off 2015 – There is always something we can do that is different

American Textile Museum Lowell

American Textile Museum (Lowell) – Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol –  This display has been running since November 21st and will continue thru March 29th

Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Lowell Memorial Auditorium – Sesame Street Live – January 2nd through 4th with 5 shows!

Lowell Memorial Auditorium – Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Charity Event – January 8th, 15th , 22nd. 29th 7pm

Weston Ski Track

Weston Ski Track Winter Trail Day – on Saturday, January 10th 9am to 2pm – is a national event designed to introduce everyone to the fun of being outside during the winter on cross-country skis or snowshoes.  You get a free snowshoeing trail pass, free snowshoe demos, and a free guided tour. Although some free snowshoes are available, they can only be used for 15-20 minutes per person in order to give everyone a chance to try them, but you can rent snowshoes and a pole at the regular rate of $13 ($7-$10 for kids & teens) if you want to spend a longer time on the trails.

Decordova Museum

Decordova Sculpture Park & Museum (Lincoln MA) – explore free on first Wednesday of the month – for individuals only – not intended for groups


Four Oaks Country Club in DracutBlizzard Blast, presented by Align Credit Union is a 4-6 mile Winter Obstacle Run that will be the only one of its kind in New England! Runners will be tested with a fun wintery obstacle course. There is “NO OFF SEASON this year, so grab your sneakers, gloves and winter hats as you look to take on the most exciting race of the year! – See more at: – January 24th all day

Peak your interest – check around your town and surrounding towns – there are probably events hosted by your local library, local changes, restaurants and more.  Discover your local community!

Joan Parcewski     Woods Real Estate   c 978-376-3978


Interesting places to visit this summer –

Massachusetts is steeped in history and that becomes more evident this summer with several special events and milestones

Cape Cod Canal turns 100 – The Cape Cod Canal Centennial celebration is a 10 day celebration scheduled from Julu 25th thru August 3rd including a 2 hour tugboat parade across the canal on July 29th beginning at 4pm.  In addition during this 10 day celebration thee will be maritime themed events, concerts.

July 26th 9pm – parade of lights – pleasure and commercial craft can participate – register at

July 25 – July 28 US Coast Guard Eagle sailing ship tours at Mass Maritime Academy in Buxxards Bay section of Bourne

July 26 – July 27th – Charles W Morgan available for tours at Maritime Academy – country’s oldest floating commercial vessel

July 28 – July 31st – Kalmar Nyckel tall ship – available for tours (arrival and tour schedules dependent on weather conditions and tides)

2pm on 7/29 ceremonty at Buzzards Bay Park in Bourne

4pm to 9pm – family activities and entertainment ending with a fireworks display over the railroad bridge in Bourne


Bourne Society of Historical Preservation – musicians performing songs from previous century – 22 Sandwich Rd in Bourne Noon to 5 on July 26th


July 25th to July 27th – Briggs McDermott House – model shop show  10am to 4pm


Cape Cod Central Railroad – train rides from Buzzards Bay Depot – including trip across vertical lift railroad bridge at

11am and 3:3pm pm on July 26th and July 27th


Joan Parcewski     Woods Real Estate     978-376-3978


Construction of this waterway began in 1909.  Today 14k commercial and recreational vehicles travel the canal annually.




June is Safety Month – Consider Simple Safety & Security Tips for Aging in Place

Aging in Place is a term used when a senior adult has decided to remain in their home.  Sometimes the home has been adapted to allow them to do this.  Other times it is not.

If you have an elderly parent or other family member or even a friend, it is important to thing about these simple things suggested by American Society on Aging:

1. Keep a printed list of emergency and family phone numbers in large font, inserted in a clear plastic sleeve close to the telephone, in the bedroom and-or kitchen.

2. Place lamps and a cordless phone within easy reach of the bed or often-used chair.

Don’t wait until an accident happens that might injure or permanently change the quality of life of the elderly adult.  Make them as safe as possible.


Joan Parcewski, Realtor

SRES, CSHP designee

Woods Real Estate

O 978-262-9665     C 978-376-3978


Seniors In Transition Seminar – Billerica Public Library 4/30

Are you or a loved looking towards retirement – Have you thought about the length of time you could be in retirment- 20, 25, 30 years.  Have you thought about the potential transitions that could occur during that time, in addition to the obvious – that being probably not working full time, possibly working part time, possibly not working, depending on retirement assets, depending on social security – being health during your retirment, having medical challenges during retirement and more

Do you remain living on your own?  Do you live with family?  Do adjustments need to be made within the home?  How does that work?  How do you pay for that?  What else do you need to think about

If you should need to move into alternative situation are your assets protected?  You worked and saved hard your whole live.

These are difficult things to think about before hand – and even more difficult when things need to be decided at the last minute when some options might not be available to you any more.

Having gone through this with my parents I know first hand how families not talking about these things and making plans together early on makes it more stressful and potentially more costly when decisions need to be made and actions need to be taken

Join us on Wednesday April 30th from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Billerica Public Library on Concord Rd in Billerica MA to get answers to as many of these questions as time will allow and the names and contact informaton for professionals that can take it further for you.

The panel discussion is being hosted by Joan Parcewski, Senior Real Estate Specialist and Certified Senior Home Professional designee, from Woods Real Estate in Billerica.   Professional panelists include Craig Strauss from Strauss Wealth Management – Karol Bisbee, Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney (accredited by Veterans Administration) as well as registered nurse and co-author of “Protect Your Family! Don’t Writ a Blank Check to the Nursing Home” – Kathy Vasel, Mortgage Banker with Sage Bank in Wilmington – Peter Blaisdell, architect, and Priscilla Harcourt, architect assistant, from Kendall Tayler in Billerica (Aging in Place).

You can preregister at the Billerica Public Library website (as seating is limited) – by going to


Joan Parcewski, Woods Real Estate    O 978-262-9665   C 978-376-3978


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