Sunset Beach, NC and Beyond: Roofs, Snow and Ice ~ Perils, Damage and A Quick Solution ~

Roofs, Snow and Ice ~ Perils, Damage and A Quick Solution ~

Inspired by all the home inspectors that blog about snow and ice on roofs.

It's been over seven years since we lived in the New York area and needed to be concerned about the downfalls of snow and ice.  Visiting our son, Travis and his fiancee Kristy in Boston brought back all the memories as if it happened yesterday.  We exited the baggage area of Logan Airport in Boston
and much to my dismay, the amount of snow around the area was not what I
expected.  "What is the big deal about all the snow in Boston?", I thought to myself. "I've seen worst amounts of snow in Monroe, New York when we lived there. One winter we had 17 snowstorms".

We head towards Burlington, where he lives and I start to notice as we exit the highway, huge mounds of snow.  As we enter his Fox Hill neighborhood I begin to see the snow mounds getting even larger.  Roofs have snow
mounds a couple of feet high.  Some homes had icicles hanging from the
gutters and edges of the roof that are as long as 10-12 feet. This has
been one of the worst winters Boston has had in many years. 

As new homeowners, Travis and Kristy have encountered the perils of snow and ice
and the damage that can occur.  A telltale sign on the ceiling in one
of the bedrooms, a water stain, warns them of a leak somewhere from the
roof.  After researching the roof and gutters, Travis googled
everything pertaining to roofs and the quickest, easiest way to
resolve the problem.  Now this may not be the best solution but it was
the quickest. 


snow and ice

The task involved a ladder, a hatchet, gloves, ski goggles and a helmet.  Frank and Travis spent a good part of Saturday making gulleys in the ice, they encountered after removing the snow from the roof.  Kristy and Karen filled stockings with pellets of calcium chloride which Travis and Frank placed in the gulleys to keep the ice from forming again. As the snow and ice melt, the gulleys will direct the flow of water away from windows and into the gutters.




snow and ice

It seems everyone in the neighborhood of Fox Hill in Burlington has spent the weekend on their roofs clearing the snow and ice before settling down for the festivies of the Super Bowl. Here in Boston, the next task in Travis and Kristy's house is under way.  Frank and Travis
are working on the installation of a surround sound system while Kristy
is in the kitchen getting the chicken wings and homemade pizza ready. 












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Comment balloon 9 commentsKaren Baker • February 07 2011 08:06AM


Hi Frank & Karen - Yep, the Northeast has been hit hard this winter. It's great you could help with that roof ice - and I love the icicle fu manchu mustache!

Posted by Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties (Transition Stage LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Frank & Karen, I too remember the winters in Vermont and Michigan's Upper Penninsula.  I am delighted to be in North Carolina and dealing with all the rain and little bit of snow and ices we have had this year.

Posted by Dale Ganfield over 9 years ago

Judy ~ Frank is a real character isn't he ~ Loving our visit ~ Guys are skiing today, surround sound installed just in time for the game laast night!  Judy, I'm sure you don't have to wangle in on Dagney's get together ~

Dale ~ we are so happy we don't have to deal with this kind of weather at all in Sunset Beach, NC

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 9 years ago

Thankfully, we do not get that much snow. If we did, I'd move...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

I'm sure you guys are glad you are in NC and don't have to deal with this problem on a regular basis.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

Dan & Amy ~ That us for sure!!

Michael ~ That's why we did move!!

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 9 years ago

Thank heavens I was born in the south.  My parents briefly lived in NJ both before and after I was born when my father was in the navy.  I was totally overwhelmed by two snows in the same winter down here in Georgia, one in December and one in January and our forecast isn't looking so great for the rest of winter either.  I just can't imagine going up a ladder with a chisle, goggles and a helmet in the freezing cold.  Are you sure Travis doesn't want to move south too?

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 9 years ago

Tammy ~ I'm sure he would love to move south, but not now the way the job market is ~

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 9 years ago

If you're Massachusetts home experienced ice dams this winter, then now is the time to inspect for problems from trapped moisture.  Wood Moisture Content (WMC) greater than 20% indicates a potential problem.

Excessive WMC attracts wood destroying insects, termites, carpenter ants and carpenter bees.  Make sure you eliminate the excessive WMC and contact a pest management company.

Posted by United Inspection (United Inspection Service) about 9 years ago