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Ice Dams and Roof Care

I moved to Idaho in the spring of 2016 and was not prepared for the massive (and unusual for this area) snow load that we got in December. It continued into February, and I did wonder what I'd gotten myself into! For most of that winter the chain link fence around the yard was only visible because the corner and gate posts stuck up out of the snow.

Buildings collapsed under the weight of snow on roof tops. And many buildings had damage from ice dams. I learned to go around an whack the overhanging snow and ice from my roof. I used the extendable handle of the apple picker that I'd bought when I planted my fruit trees. Yes, I'm an optimist!

Here's an article about preventing ice dams on your roof. https://www.familyhandyman.com/roof/prevent-ice-dams/


  • ines871ines871 zn8APosts: 1,290 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for caring @Mary Linda Bittle about everyone else also so affected. Supposedly we're in a "Mini ice-age" for years to come?

    I am soo glad to be living in Puget Sound (where I thought you said you moved from ?). Well, stay warm & cozy, and have yourself a Merry Christmas 🙂

  • @rainbow, yes, I lived most of my life in Missouri, south of Kansas City. But I lived 30 miles east of Seattle for 10 years! I got accustomed to the generally mild weather year round. Except for the floods! I hear that Seattle is having massive rains right now, and Duvall, where I lived is probably an island for now.

  • ines871ines871 zn8APosts: 1,290 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Mary Linda Bittle - we lived in 5 Seattle neighborhoods for about 20 years & fortunately always on top of a long incline, so no flooding, or bad ice. - But when the freeway-traffic became increasingly unsustainable, we moved. Tho now with Californians & 'sanctuary immigrants' escaping their various hells, we have to contend with ever busy streets too. - However, our final move has us further east towards & up in the Cascades.. Don't know IF or when that will happen.

  • dottile46dottile46 Posts: 400 ✭✭✭

    @Mary Linda Bittle I was raised about 100 miles south and about 20 miles east of KCMO and now live about 100 miles east and 30 miles south of KCMO. We were almost neighbors!

    Ice dams can wreck havoc on a house. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of this subject.

  • @dottile46 I lived most of my adult life in or near Butler, Mo. Grew up around Bolivar. It is a small world!

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