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4 years 45 weeks ago, 1:51 PM

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Ice dam damage

Misery loves company so I thought that I would share.....lol Two days ago I had the pleasure of walking into my laundry room to find that the Sheetrock was sagging in a big way, obviously water is getting in. My laundry room is on the north side of my house so I surmise that an ice dam has been forming over multiple years and on warmer days the melting ice water is forced up under the shingles and rotting away at the wood. I will need to wait until spring to get up on the roof as that is suicide this time of year, I may have to install one of those heating wires.........I hate drywall, off to mud and tape!
Oh, and my water heater is leaking all over the goddamn place, when it rains it pours....LOL!
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4 years 45 weeks ago, 2:03 PM

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Sorry to hear that I can empathize. I hate sheet rock too. The townhomes I built in 2005-2009 had the same problem, except the cause of the ice dam was the downspouts and gutters. They froze solid and allowed the snow to freeze into ice and make it's way uphill to seep underneath the shingles. It was bad.
Hope it turns out ok for you. As much as I hate gypboard, if I was in the neighborhood, I would give you a hand.

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4 years 45 weeks ago, 3:19 PM

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What is an icedam? lol

4 years 45 weeks ago, 6:27 PM

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samD and his ice dam

SamD,
an icedam is when you have a senior moment and put your beer in the freezer. The beer explodes and causes foamy ice. That ice then allows the rest of the freezer to collect condensation so the next time you open your freezer, you get a dam of ice that cements the door to the seal. This happens a lot in Arizona and Florida, because as you know there is a shift in population density towards the elderly.

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4 years 45 weeks ago, 6:31 PM

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Ice dam

lol
That was funny Clint.

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4 years 45 weeks ago, 6:34 PM

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Been there

Done that. Beats the hell out of roofing and drywall though!

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4 years 45 weeks ago, 2:06 PM

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could be covered for the repairs,helpful when you get to tangle with reshingling.Check you soffits out for proper ventilation,soffit vents should be no further than 6-8 ft. if they are the 8x14 vents,if they are continuious vents like maintenance free then make sure you have roof vents clear.The ice dams can really build with inadequate ventilation/insulation,two key factors and since we share the same weather mostly i am very experienced in dealing with ice dams.When you get to reroof i'd go 3 rows of ice & water under the shingles.last thing i would do is run heat tape $$$ check ventilation and insulation first,FWIW.

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4 years 45 weeks ago, 2:36 PM

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Thanks Clint and LBC,

I roofed the house when it was built eleven years ago, so I know it was done right (the shingles are in great shape for their age). Roof vents and soffit vents are all within spec. This is just one of those things that didn't profess itself until, well, eleven season cycles later, no one could have foreseen this.
I patched the area where the water had rotted through, it was only about a six inch area which can be seen in the far upper left of the first pic. I will inspect the shingles, as I say, when it is safer, my house is twenty five of thirty feet tall, not a distance I wan't to fall from, especially on the north side where the ice don't melt 'till June...LOL!

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4 years 45 weeks ago, 3:16 PM

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sorry hemp

that's to bad I use to have to build them ( hated hammering nails) like a nice mud home do block or form the wall with rebar put up form pour mudd or perfab but that's me am not in any thing great :>( ( GRRRR KIDS MOM)............

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