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Author Topic: HELP! Ice dams  (Read 6108 times)

Kelly

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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2011, 07:14:01 PM »
I felt I was some sort of rotten home owner and didn't deserve to run a house.  I'm a little calmer now.

Now, now. Who could possibly know all this stuff?

When we were kids, we used to get so excited about icicles hanging from the eaves of our house, while our parents were inside biting their nails over ice dams. :lol:

And, yes, for some of us, it's a dreaded yearly threat.

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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2011, 07:21:28 PM »
Cougar, don't beat yourself up for not knowing. I'm as clueless as the Lisa Douglas character on Green Acres.
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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2011, 08:37:43 PM »
BB is right - given that you had to have exactly the right set of conditions for this to happen, it is no wonder that you didn't see it coming.  I hope this Marco works a miracle for you tomorrow!
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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2011, 02:17:38 AM »
Wow, and look at this razor type rake with a slide!  The video explains it.  I want one.  Maybe not for this year but when I've investigated more:

http://www.aiconsol.com/dynamo-ultimate-kit-roof-razor-minnsnowta.html
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Kelly

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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2011, 08:13:25 AM »
Very cool! I'd love to get one of those because a typical roof rake only goes halfway up the roof of our cape.

Cougar, we didn't get as much on our roofs during this storm because we had heavy winds, which blew a lot of it off onto the ground.

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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2011, 08:22:48 AM »
Hi Cougar,
I'm stopping by to lend my moral support as well.  Hope you're able to find a remedy soooon! 
I felt I was some sort of rotten home owner and didn't deserve to run a house.  I'm a little calmer now.
I was thinking quite the opposite.  Now you will be the  one we all come running to with our home repair questions & issues!  {glad you feel calmer now}  :hug:
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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2011, 09:21:34 PM »
FLASH REPORT!!!

Marco came by, bought and brought back ice melt pellets, filled my pantie hose knee highs, and lay them on the roof edges about 2 feet apart (say 10 just along the front where leaks are happening).  Water is dripping out from the ice dam sock ends!  One is almost a steady stream, the drips are so steady.  Only the morning will tell if this really works.  What I've learned:

a) The ice melt socks do indeed cut a channel in the snow/ice on a roof
b) Water indeed comes out the sock end
c) Placement is everything.  I got out a step ladder and a Grab-It Stick then pulled some of the socks out just a little bit more.  Once they truly had the teensiest overhang, drips came out past the edge of the outer gutter wall and dropped onto the ground
d) I wish Marco had started in the morning instead of the late day.  Is water coming out from the roof or from the pooling up in my ceiling?
e) I should have given him pantie hose legs (I had only a few).  The longer and fatter the "sausage", the more melter is on the roof and the longer it lasts.

The real future (besides redoing insulation, etc.) is:
a) Get a Roof Razor and do it as soon as a lot of snow starts accumulating
b) Lay plenty of ice melt socks along the typically worse places to help ensure run-off.

We'll see in the morning.

P.S. Freezing rain and cr*p is on its way tonight.
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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2011, 09:56:11 PM »
P.S. Freezing rain and cr*p is on its way tonight.

:ditto:

I am really glad to hear your roof is de-damming.

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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2011, 12:03:59 PM »
Hooray!  Good news.   :grin:
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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2011, 12:25:53 PM »
I'm happy for you, Cougar. I've learned so much here that I hope there's a Jeopardy category on ice dams!
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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2011, 11:08:56 PM »
Well, now we've been having freezing rain and stuff.  I *think* the problem has stopped ... but I am still watching.  Water is indeed dripping steadily off the gutters and there's no drips in the house.

But I'm still wary.
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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2011, 07:26:39 AM »
I could ice skate on my driveway this morning. I was taking recycling out and did a little contortion dance so I wouldn't fall down.

I'm glad the socks are still melting the stuff on your roof. I don't know about you, but up here, it's going to get near 40 degrees, so that should help. Looking out my window now, I can see the little icicles that formed are dripping rapidly.

I hope it doesn't rain heavily or we will get water in our basement.

Do your walls show visible damage from the leak, or has the problem been contained internally?

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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2011, 08:34:58 PM »
A wary cougar sounds dangerous.  Here's hoping your troubles are over!
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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2011, 11:08:35 PM »
HAHA ... "wary cougar".  :lol:

ZP, no more leaks right now.  But we're going to get super cold again.

I will be unwary when the whole dang thing melts!  I still have a good 8 inches of snow covered with ice on the roof.

Where's that thread about moving to Florida?
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Re: HELP! Ice dams
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2011, 11:23:10 PM »
How long does a fill in those socks last? Are they still working for you? Have you had to refill and replace yet?

They should like the wisest thing you could do based on early success. We want them to keep working for you until that 8"+ is gone for good.
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