Sunday, February 18, 2007

Ice Damming

The ceiling in the kitchen started leaking late this aft. I believe we've got some ice damming going on. The quite cold weather and heavy snow over the last several weeks has led to eight inches of pure ice sitting in the eaves and on the lower portion of the roof. Under these conditions water will get under the shingles. I believe the water is getting in the second floor attic, travelling down the inside of the wall on the second floor and then pooling above the kitchen. All that can be done is to melt that ice and then see what we can do to fix it. But when the ice starts to melt things might get worse before they get better.

So anyways, I took out the storm windows in the upstairs bathroom immediately above the leak. This appears to have cooled down the wall enough to stop or slow down the melting action, and the drip-drip in the kitchen has abated for now. It's also getting colder out and the sun has gone down.

Tomorrow, I've got to get up on the high part of the roof, shovel off what snow I can, lay down heaters to melt the ice on the high roof, and somehow avoid falling on my head.

The joys of a house that's just as old as me... My knee creaks and its roof leaks.

1 comment:

Garry Weaver said...

Uh, I don't know if you are aware of this, but there are places to live that are a lot warmer.