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ice dam quick fix ? Answered

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iceng (author)2014-02-26

If you are 50 then this question implies ;

  1. You own your home or are helping someone who does !
  2. Winters heat and thaw is building an ice dam under your roof eave
  3. Your desire to Quick fix is to limit costly damage.
  4. A hair dryer has never been really successful at removing an ice dam
  5. A heat tape placed on a section of roof can increase the thaw time and start to decrease the ice dam
  6. A covered heat blanket can also help but is a dangerous way to go.
  7. If your days are sunny placing a black tarp on the roof will also assist in melting the dam.
  8. Best Answer if this hits you below the roof, this is your way to reward those who helped you most.
  9. In the attic run a fan to circulate air to the eaves.
  10. This comes from ThisOld House "Fill the leg of discarded pair of panty hose with a calcium chloride ice
    melter. Lay the hose onto the roof so it crosses the ice dam and
    overhangs the gutter. If necessary, use a long-handled garden rake or
    hoe to push it into position.

    The calcium chloride will eventually melt through the snow and ice and
    create a channel for water to flow down into the gutters or off the
    roof"

  11. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1131314...

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iceng (author)iceng2014-02-26

12. Don't Use Salt, the damage salt will do is more then the dam per

ThisOld House

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petercd (author)iceng2014-02-27

salt will damage the plants, depends on their value I guess, compared to the damage the house will sustain.

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Vyger (author)2014-02-26

Tell the neighbor kids you found some old gold coins burried in the ice.

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rickharris (author)2014-02-26

is that Ice, damn quick fix

or Ice dam, quick fix.

or Ice dam, quick, fix.

or Ice damn quick - fix.

it makes a difference.

Why do I think we are not going to get an answer.

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verence (author)2014-02-26

Fix an ice dam quickly? Use dry ice or liquid nitrogen!

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Vyger (author)2014-02-26

On rivers they use high explosives, dynimite.

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Kiteman (author)2014-02-26

A bit more detail would help a lot...

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