The joys of a New England Winter. This is an ice dam
and when it happens, the ice at the bottom of the roof forces water back up under the shingles and causes leaks in the house.
Our leaks started this morning on the back side of the house as the temperatures warmed up. Both sides of the house have ice dams; we consider ourselves lucky that so far, it's only one bedroom and the upstairs bathroom affected.
We've hired a couple of guys to remove the ice: $55.00 an hour, per guy (how's that for making good in a bad economy? Classic supply and demand equation there). They might get to it tomorrow, it might have to wait until Monday. They're pretty backed up. Oh yea, so's our roof line, fellas....
We could have taken care of this by our own selves, at least in the front, but these rooflines are three stories high and they can't be reached without a ladder--which RG isn't going to wrestle through three feet of snowpack. They can be prevented by buying a snow rake and raking the snow closest to the bottom of the roof line off the roof....except that NO ONE in the area has snow rakes right now. They're sold out because everyone has ice dams this winter.
So, we've moved the furniture and we wait for the guys to come over while anxiously eyeballing the creeping line of water working its way across the ceiling.