Gosh Darn Ice Dam


IMG_3965For the amount of times I’ve written about the roof (here, here and here), you would think this is a roofing blog. It’s not; at least not yet.

To give a quick summary, we started in the summer by jacking up the porch, which led to a separation between the house and the porch roof. We then fixed up the shingles on the roof and then laid some de-icing cable because the previous year the de-icing cable was the only thing that kept the house from flooding.

This year, same story. The water started dripping in and I had to turn on the de-icing cable to stop it.

Next year, or at least this summer, I’m hoping to do something about it by either adding some insulation to the very tiny crawlspace I’m going to have to crawl through or by adding more de-icing cable to more parts of the house.

Note to Visitors and Residents: Watch for Falling Ice

My bigger concern is one of these large chunks of ice sliding off in the spring and falling on someone. Last year one fell and made a spectacular bang. This year I am expecting more of the same, hopefully with the same number of fatalities as a result (that would be zero if anyone with a badge asks).


Unfortunately there are no options. With a high deductible and low reason to fix the superficial damage (which is all they are willing to cover), I am stuck improvising solutions or finding revenue streams. I’m sure a kickstarter for fixing my roof would be pretty cool and fun to do, but the current stats around here don’t warrant it (there are only so many ways to ask my mom  to read my blog). So this is what we’re goDe-icing cable melting to do:

  1. Insulate what we can.
  2. Turn on the de-icing cable sooner and be more thorough in keeping on top of the ice dams.
  3. Get a roof rake for that problem area the front.
  4. Run de-icing cable above the tenants entrance way.

I may also put all the de-icing cables on a single line so I don’t have to run around the entire house plugging them in. If I do it nice, it may be worth the extra cost of cable. Realistically, plugging some extension cords in four jacks around the house, then putting them away for the three-fourths of the year isn’t that big of a deal.

Gosh Darn It

big icicles in the cornerThis is definitely one of those times I wish I had bought a subdivision home that does not have these kind of problems. Because of the vaulted ceiling, it’s expensive to fix, and is only going to get worse as the years go on. It also reminds me of all the other leaks around here, like the windows and the doors and the plumbing and it all just starts to cascade and spiral and it becomes overwhelming. The condo didn’t have these kind of problems. The condo was easy.

But then I hear my little baby boy thumping in his crib above me (he likes to raise his legs up and drop them while he’s trying to get to sleep) and remember he would have had to sleep under the stove in the condo, because there was no room for him.IMG_3967

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