Chances are many others in the northeast USA are sharing this problem.
Because of frozen gutters and ice damming I'm getting some water
Last time this happened I had extended drip edges installed. Can't
help but think that much of the problem would be relieved if I could
simply keep the gutters draining.
Looking for ideas either for homeowner installation or to be done by
Yes, the roof heating cable package recommends that. The cables are not just
for the roof, but can be used in the gutters and downspout.
I've repositioned mine this year (because I've fixed some heat leakage and
insulation problems in the attic) with less on the roof, and more in the gutter.
Though we haven't got enough accumulation for me to run them at all.
Dave (NW Boston area).
Sure. You're overlooking the possibility that the guy simply didn't
clean out his gutters in the fall or has downspout blockage. The
Northeast had a blizzard a week or two back, and all that melt tend to
re-freeze when it has nowhere to go.
Regular gutter cleaning and pulling as much snow off your roof from the
ground with one of those roof shovels after a blizzard tends to help
prevent ice dams.
Only for general information. In my case the gutters and down spouts
were cleaned professionally first week of December. Well after the
leaves quit falling off the trees.
House is a cape cod style with a very high dormer. Impossible to
access for snow removal.
Attic in this old house is very confined with difficult access. Only
additional insulation that could be applied would be the blown in
variety. Previous threads suggested the effectiveness of doing that
I've got a Cape Cod with clean gutters, too, and you know what *always*
is the root cause of my ice dams? Melt re-freezing in the 45 (or
so)-degree elbows on the downspouts -- which then clogs everything above
it and backs up into the gutters until those become a solid block of
ice. Only good solution I've run across is to go out a few times a day
and rap on the elbows and straight runs to dislodge the giant chunks of
ice to keep the water melt flowing OK. Luckily, my elbows are a few feet
above ground level and removable, but man, do those things clog up.
I've had this a couple times in central Ohio (certainly nowhere near the
coldest/snowiest clime in the US). Both times it was because I had not
gotten to cleaning the gutter on that side of the house (also a Cape,
happens only in the rear where a bay window extends under the gutter, water
runs right in). Keep 'em clean for starters. Also if you're having the
roof replaced make sure you have rubber membrane installed in the bottom
section down to the gutters. If done right this can prevent the water from
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