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Ice Dams & Ice Melting

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Don2222, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. doubledip

    doubledip Member

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    Just got 10" of snow dumped on us here in SE Michigan. I’ll be going out to rake the roof in an effort to impede any ice damming.

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  2. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    Same here, and yet another coming through tonight.
    I'll lt it up there. Another advantage to having ventilation and a vented soffit, anything damming melt off, off the gutter will merely run out the vented soffit. ;-)
  3. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello Hogwildz

    Yes you are correct, I have proof of that! Luckily the strip vent is letting the water out! See icicles!!

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  4. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    LOL, better to run out the soffit vent, than back to the wall and down inside it.
    Either way, it happens.
    My addition is a breezeway I am making into living space. There is no heat in there yet, and no insulation in the ceiling yet. But as the ice melts during the day and refreezes at the gutter, it dams up.
    So it sometimes cannot be avoided, accept to tear the gutter down. There is no heat at all in those rooms yet.
  5. Don2222

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