@#$% Ice...... I mean "Ice Dams"

Blog entry by AdkWoodworker posted 01-22-2009 07:04 PM 2786 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well – the weather in Up-State NY has been very cold lately. We have had a considerable amount of snow. Just to make it fun, we had a few warm days a while back, and even some freezing rain mix. I went to put on my jacket Monday morning, and I spotted water dripping down the wall in our living room! We have a two story Cape….. not a good sign!

Yup – ice dam on the front of the house. Water backep up, found it’s way into the soffit, and into the frame of the window. From there, down the center, through the wall, and down to the first floor! So, I spent Monday soaking up water from the upstairs carpet, and pulling moulding off of the window frame.

I finally got the leaking to stop – used a BUNCH of ice melt to break down some of the ice dam. Must have been enough to get a path for the water to drain. It took me most of the day to get it that far.

Normally, I keep things pretty clear. The last batch of freezing, and warm rain was the one that did me in. I wanted to toss this blog up as a reminder to everyone – it’s MUCH easier to keep the roof clear when it’s just snow, than to try and break through an ice dam.

I am usually pretty quick to clean the snow from my roof, but this time it got away from me. My own fault I guess. I wanted to post a video on the snow rake that I use. When we bought our house, my neighbor was using one. It is one of the best I have ever used for keeping your roof clear. The best part is that it works just like the video shows (I am not affiliated in any way with the company – just an owner of the product) Snow falls fown in big chunks. There is enough snap together fiberglass handle section to get all the way to my second floor. I can clean the snow about five feet back from the edge.

....... If only I had done it two weeks ago!

The key for an ice dam is to make sure the snow is clear at least three or four feet back on the roof edge. The front of my house is North facing – that’s why it’s critical for me to keep it clear. It got away from me when we had the rain a few weeks back, and then about four small snow storms came through.

I put new attic insulation in this year, but apparently still enough hot air getting the the edge of the roof. As it’s a dormered cape, there is some slanted ceiling that I could not re-insulate. So – summer project is to put full vented soffits in, as well as pull the sloped section fo ceiling from our bedroom – better insulation and better venting!

My snow rake is back out, and I cleared as much as I could from the roof.

So the moral of this blog is to keep the edges of your roof free from snow. It puts you in a small panic when you see water dripping down the wall – on your first floor!

Avalanche! Original Roof Snow Removal System

Here is a link if you want to get one for yourself. They are pretty tough to find – at least in my area. I just ordered one for my Father-In-Law to clean snow from teh top of his Camping Trailer. From the ground, you can clean almost the entire room as you can easily get back about five feet from teh edge.

Happy remainder of winter to everyone, and may it be an “Ice Dam” free one!!

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posted 01-23-2009 04:08 AM

pretty tuff to find in my area also . your link says they are not available

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posted 01-23-2009 03:43 PM

Hello – I just checked, and it looks like Amazon still has them. I also called the manufacturer, and they are sold out for the year.

They do work terrific.

Still fighting my ice buildup – going to be 37 deg F today, so I hope to make some progress!!!

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posted 01-23-2009 05:32 PM

that’s the best snow remover I have seen yet.Looks like it sure beats the old rake kind.

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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posted 01-23-2009 05:42 PM

Yes it is. It does work just like the video shows. When I saw my neighbor use his, I knew I had to have one!!

The part I like the best is that you can get the snow off even with a slight slope. My back walkway is not sloped very much, but the plastic lets the snow slide off with ease.

I can say for sure that this one works as advertised. My old snow rake ended up at the yard sale the spring after I got this one!!!

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