Here is the fun of winter. Don't you just love it? No? Well me either. Yesterday I started having water dripping into the reading room, right above the bay window. I am not much of a home owner. Nor do I know anything about home maintenance. What I do know I have been forced to learn in the past two years, since Richard has gotten too sick to take care of things anymore. And because of the dementia, he can't tell me what I am supposed to do. So I know about changing furnace filters, fixing dripping faucets, what kind of oil to put in the car. How to hire a roofing company to put on a new roof. How to fire and hire a new insurance company. How to get a new furnace repaired when it is freezing outside. How to buy a new A/C when the temps are in the 100's. I have learned a lot.
But I have never heard of ice dams. Have you? Probably if you live in parts of the country, where you are used to these extraordinary freezing temps, like we are getting this year, then you have heard of it. An ice dam forms when water from melting snow re-freezes at the edge of your roof line. That is what you see in the picture above. It is about 3-4 inches thick. So what happens is when the weather starts to warm and the snow begins to melt on the roof, the water runs down and cannot drip off the roof because of the frozen ice dam. So it backs up and makes its way inside the house underneath the shingles. What????? Thus, It is running under the outside soffit under the eaves and coming right through the sheet rock into my reading room.
I have been in contact with my insurance company and the roofing sales rep. The insurance man gave me ideas on how to remove it. The roofing rep said to leave it alone. We have a warming spell coming up. It will melt and then we will see what we have to do the fix the problems it has caused. Crappola!!
Sometimes I think if it weren't for bad luck I wouldn't have ANY luck at all.
Off to look for new drips indoors.....