Aloha Friday: The Icy Hazards of Winter

I’ve written before about our snow problems.  Chief among them are ice dams.  Basically, due to poor insulation in our upstairs room, heat warms our upper roof and snow on that roof melts.  The dripping water refreezes on the lower roof.  Over time, the ice gets very thick and very heavy.  We tried various methods of removing the ice, but had only limited success.

With the recent warm weather, we noticed two things.  First of all, the ice was melting and thus was separating from the roof.  Secondly, the gutter on one side of our house was bending.  Obviously, the ice was shifting.  Instead of putting its considerable weight on our roof, it was placing the weight on the gutter.  I decided to remove the ice dams before any serious damage was done.

I positioned a ladder and carefully scaled it.  Once at the top, I used a hammer to chip away at the ice.  Small chunks flew from the giant ice block.  (Fast moving, but small chunks of ice really hurt when they hit your face, by the way.)  Then some big chunks fell off.  I descended the ladder to reposition it so I could reach more of the ice.  As I stepped off the ladder, there was a creaking/ripping sound.  Suddenly, the ice came crashing down, bringing our gutters with it.

Here are some photos of the aftermath.  That hunk of ice was *heavy*!

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With the ice down, inspiration struck.  Here’s my own little creation.  I call it Ice Henge.  I shall pray to it in the hopes that Spring arrives quickly and gets rid of all of this snow and ice.



My Aloha Friday question for today is: Has your house ever been damaged by the winter (or other seasonal) weather?

Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the McLinky there if you are participating.

Aloha Friday by Kailani at An Island Life

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