I am living in east coast, and today the weather is getting warmer, so I
went outside for a walk. I discovered one of the downspouts on the side of
my house got so much ice around it. The ice is so thick, actually it wraps
the downspout and sticks to the wall, the ice goes all the way 10 ft from
the ground. Not sure my description is good enough, I will take some photos
I don't see my neighbors having that.. I have the aluminum downspout, is it
the joint problem? or is there a hole in there causing leaking? What went
wrong?? What causes that? Has anyone seen this before? How to fix it?
My first guess would be that the gutter needs to be cleaned. Sounds
like it is keeping water from draining down the downspout. Either ice
or old leaves, etc., could keep it from draining. Is there room at the
bottom for it to drain? Could be an ice dam at that end, too. Either
one could keep the downspout from draining and result in accumulation of
ice you describe.
Actually it is a brandnew house, I moved in 2004 summer... the builder
installed the downspout in October 2004!!! I doubt there would be any big
thing that prevents it from draining. Yes, it can be the ice at the
bottom.. However, if this is a valid argument, why my neighbors have no
problem?? why me only? Help.............................
Is the downspout on the north side of the house? With warmer weather snow
from the roof may melt then refreeze on the colder, shady north side
downspout. Get enough of that then the downspout may fill with water, freeze
then split open. "New" melted snow spills out and freezes on your wall. Look
for a bulge in the downspout. That is probably where the problem is. If so,
consider moving the downspout to the south side. Or, if there is no obvious
downspout failure, the eavestrough-downspout junction may be leaking. Use
some good caulking to seal it up in the spring.
It is facing west + north, you are right, there is no sun light. Thanks a
lot for your help, all of you.. There is nothing I can do at this moment,
I have to wait till Spring or summer.
What about installing something like this
http://www.easyheat.com/Content1/Products/Details/psr_detail.htm in the
downspout? I think that may solve the problem!!!
I would have to go with Norminn on first guess. Something blocking the
downspout or elbow. Birds nest, squirrel nest, kids throwing a tennis ball
on the roof and having it roll off, or an unscrupulous trade throwing
debris in gutter in there when working. Could be the gutter isn't tilted
enough for a correct flow of water. After you exhaust most the obvious,
then continue to diagnose.
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