Winter Newsletter, 2014


W.A. Coolidge Company is excited to officially introduce our first ever Newsletter. Check it out for the latest news on the company and great ideas for your home. We will be sending out a newsletter quarterly, so make sure to look in your inbox.

Preventing Ice Dams

   You may have heard that it’s important to rake snow off of your roof, but what’s the big deal? Well, you may not realize that when snow melts on your roof, it has the potential of refreezing. This creates an ice dam on the eaves, which can result in water leaking under your shingles and possibly into your home. 
  One tip to prevent this is to clean your gutters and all areas around your downspouts. This will ensure that melting snow and water will run off your roof appropriately. A second tip is to always remove at least 6 feet of snow off the edge of your roof with a shovel (if it is safe and accessible) or with a roof rake. Lastly, make sure your attic is tight and well insulated before the winter season to lessen the melting-freezing cycle that causes ice dams.
  In the case that an ice dam does form on your roof, there are steps to rid of it before it begins to leak into your home. First, you can take a roof rake and try to break it and slide it off of your roof. If you are not able to get the whole ice dam off your roof, try to break a channel in it, allowing the water to drain. If this does not work, you can fill the leg of nylons with calcium chloride ice melt. Position this on your roof so that it extends from the ice dam and overlaps the gutters. As the ice melts it has a path to drain into the gutters. However, be wary that certain ice melt can be corrosive and the runoff in your gutters can hurt plants nearby. 

Keeping Up with the Coolidges

Wayne and Wendy are excited to be new grandparents! Their daughter Melissa welcomed her first baby boy, Granger, on August 17th and their daughter Rebecca welcomed her first baby girl, Emilia, on September 23rd. Congrats Grampa and Gramma Cool!

In the Family Business

W.A. Coolidge Company has added a new face to the family business! Their daughter Melissa is the new Web and Social Media Specialist. With a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Hampshire in Psychology and 2 years experience in the Marketing field, she oversees all aspects of the website and social media sites. Be sure to check out our new and continually improving sites.
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Pearl Anniversary 

   2014 is a milestone year for me because it marks my 30th year of being in business. It seems like just yesterday I was that 21 year old kid who decided to enter the world of the self-employed. Wendy and I didn’t really know what we were doing, but we learned along the way and had a great time doing it.
   Now those thirty years have come and gone in the blink of an eye, and I’m maturing (hardly) - or maybe it is a sense of mortality. Either way, I am really starting to appreciate everything that we have built over the years (pun intended). In addition to running a successful business, we have raised two beautiful girls, put them through college, danced with them at their weddings, and now we are enjoying grandchildren. What I realize is what has afforded me these pleasures is the clients that have hired me for work; many of you, again and again. I can’t thank you enough and want you to know that I cherish the loyalty, the memories, and most of all, being able to call you my friend.
   I wish you all the happiness you have brought me – thank you!  -Wayne  

Preparing Your Ice Melt

The four most common options for Ice Melt are:
  1. Sodium Chloride (Rock Salt): works at 15°F and above, not environmentally friendly, corrosive to metal/wood/concrete, lowest price
  2. Calcium Chloride: the “traditional” ice melt, works at -25°F and above, not environmentally friendly, corrosive to metal/wood/concrete. Magnesium Chloride is a new, similar product that is less harmful to the environment.
  3. Potassium Chloride: works at temperatures of 12°F and above, more environmentally friendly and less corrosive
  4. Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA): Salt-free, works at 20°F and above, environmentally friendly, most expensive
  • Remember to shovel often, as snow will turn to ice.
  • It is better to use a plastic shovel on wooden surfaces to prevent chipping of the wood. 
  • Pre-treat your walkways to decrease the need for de-icer, and mix sand with salt to give more traction while using less ice melt.
  • There is no “pet safe” ice melt- even if it is labeled that way. Please make sure your pets do not ingest ice melt or puddles that may contain ice melt runoff, and make sure to wipe their paws to prevent drying out.

Fun Suggestion

Make a Memory Jar for the year 2014!
  1. Decorate an empty glass jar
  2. Make a note every time something memorable happens 
  3. On New Year's Eve, empty the jar and read all of your memories from 2014!
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PO Box 1701
Dover, NH 03821-1701