- Jun 25, 2012
Oh don't worry, I have to begrudgingly use one 15' section of heat tape too. I am an electricity consumption Nazi so it irks me but without it I get water intrusion in the garage and with it, no water backup and intrusion.9ft, that's a lot of snow @Artemus . Here we just get that nuisance snow 2-3x per week. Great you got rid of the ice dam, they can do a lot of water damage inside the house. That must have been "fun" getting hot water up on the edge of the roof. Did your wife get any photos of that, while you were juggling the hose on a ladder (ideally wearing your orange BCP beanie)? I have been surprised none of you mentioned ice dams with all that snow on the roof. Friends of ours had to install a heat tape one winter after getting rid of the ice dam
Sorry no pics, my wife averted her eyes when I was up there doing it due to the roofalanche risk. The task wasn't that hard since I have hot water plumbed in the garage. The risk wasn't that high either due to clever positioning of my ladder and a refusal to be cowed... Worked perfectly and got big chunks to come down without breaking windows or damaging the siding as has happened in the past.