Monday, February 2, 2009

Ice Damn

I wake up each weekday morning, get out of bed, go down to the kitchen and get the coffee started by 7 AM. This morning started out a little differently.

This morning started off more like this: bare feet on cold wet carpet.

"Hon, I think the waterbed's leaking."
"We don't own a waterbed."
"[expletive]!? "

Yup, our insulated roof is so insulated that the snow on our roof is barely melting. Barely, I say, but melting. We have one of the few houses in the area that still has snow up there. Ah, the benefits of tight spray foam insulation.

Now the problems: because we have been fluctuating between 13 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit each day, the sun melts some of the snow, it runs down the metal roof, and as the sun descends into the west, that trickle freezes up, creating an ice damn. Yes, I did that on purpose. It is forever spelled that way now. Get used to it.

We have an ice damn on our roof. At least we did last night.
Now it's in our bedroom.

It's prettier when it's OUTSIDE.

Box-gutter guys/roofers: We're taking bids to run the ice barrier and line the gutter with rubber. Feel free to contact us.


Shane said...

Ugh, I know the feeling of having water every where. Hopefully it didn't do any major damage if any at all.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't look like any real damage, but the night is young....
I mean just when I thought we were done with the water pouring into the house....

First there was the water feature then the boxgutter wading pool and the pouring water into the basement incident.

It's never going to end, is it?

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain.

Ohio got spanked by mother nature in the last 5 weeks.

I live a mile from Lake Erie, love lake effect snow. I don't like Ice Damns.

Anonymous said...

Looks like it was miraculously localized. It apparently got in under the roof, then rolled back down into the wall, evidently behind the spray foam, then underneath the furring board at the floor, hit the osb, and flooded out and into the room. If I had to guess, it was less than 2 gallons of water, maybe just one. I feel fortunate.

I've got to get someone up there soon, however, to reline the box gutter with rubber and run it up under the metal.

I'm pretty sure that we'll benefit from a dark lining in the gutter too, since this is a south face. The downspout is dark and even on a very cold day, if there's sun, it's warm.