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Old 03-28-2014, 10:45 AM   #16
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How did this work out for you OP? We recommend not chiseling ice necessarily as it can take parts of your roof or soffit with it! Steaming is the best answer, especially if you have a large area to cover. (qualifications: Minnesota Roofing company Easternroofingdotnet)

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How did this work out for you OP? We recommend not chiseling ice necessarily as it can take parts of your roof or soffit with it! Steaming is the best answer, especially if you have a large area to cover. (qualifications: Minnesota Roofing company Easternroofingdotnet)
I ended up just buying a snow shovel, pulling down the 1.5-2 feet of snow to expose the ice dams. They eventually melted away nicely, no more water down the side of the house and are entirely gone now. I will just make sure to check it every so often next winter, thanks all .
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I hope you realize the water that leaked into the structure was under the layer of ice and not on top of the ice. hence: the recommendation for one heat trace cable to melt a drainage channel down to the shingles. Good luck next winter.
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I hope you realize the water that leaked into the structure was under the layer of ice and not on top of the ice. hence: the recommendation for one heat trace cable to melt a drainage channel down to the shingles. Good luck next winter.
Yes, and this is what I saw when I pulled off the 1.5-2 feet of snow that was on top of the ice. This is EXACTLY what was happening:

http://www.icedamcompany.com/wp-cont...anatomy-XL.png

Even as I pulled back the snow, the top part of the ice was still melting/water even though at the time, it was 0F out. The snow insulated it enough to stay warm to melt.

I will just make sure to keep the snow off the roof at that edge of the house.

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