After weeks of deep freeze temperatures across the province, local residents have embraced the warmer temperatures with open arms.

One thing that hasn't been warmly welcomed though, is the effects of that thaw cycle on our homes.

If you've noticed some water buildup around your ceiling vents, some discoloration or maybe even some dripping coming from the fans ... you're not alone.

Many local residents are experiencing the notorious effects of attic rain. It's a common problem homeowners are faced with when there's a massive weather shift going from extreme cold to a rapid warm-up.

Attic rain is caused by moisture accumulating and freezing in an attic space during a cold snap, then quickly melting creating a rain effect when the weather changes abruptly.

Owner and General Manager of Home Smarts, Pete Maisonneuve explains that when there's good airflow in an attic, this shouldn't be a problem. He says it's important to check to make sure everything is sealed properly, and perhaps the biggest culprit of an air leak into the attic is the attic hatch itself.

"You need to pop the hatch, have a look," explains Maisonneuve. "If you've got a leak at that spot, a lot of times -- especially a day or two after a cold snap, there may still be ice there, It might be wet, and you'll definitely, even when it's dry  --see signs of moisture there before."

Maisonneuve says that while we can't control the weather, we can control how our homes hold up to it and he strongly recommends turning down your humidifier when there are deep freeze temperatures in the forecast.

"When it gets below minus 15, start reducing the humidity inside your house," explains Maisonneuve."As it gets colder, what happens is that you've got warm, moist air inside and cold, dry air outside; so what's going to happen is any surfaces that become cold enough, the dew point is reached and you'll start to get moisture that will build up."

Maisonneuve also recommends paying close attention to your windows when extremely cold weather hits. He says that if you notice ice forming along the bottom that's a good indication of too much moisture inside your home and running your bathroom fans will help to vent that air. While it may seem counterproductive, Maisonneuve says cracking a window during those cold spells will truly make a world of difference.

He says that sometimes these weather-induced problems can actually uncover a bigger issue.

"If you're keeping the humidity down, everything is sealed, everything was done right and you're still having a problem, there may be a situation where something happened while building the house," explains Maisonneuve. "There may be a way for air to escape, and we don't see it because it's hidden under the insulation."

Maisonneuve says that moisture and ventilation issues can wreak havoc on your home in a big way and he strongly recommends reaching out to an expert to delve deeper ASAP.