Sunday, February 6, 2011

Damn Ice Dam!

Ever Heard of an Ice Dam?
If's a little tutorial for you:
First, a picture:

In case you want to read a bit about it:

One night last week I was trying to fall asleep and I kept hearing this annoying dripping noise. I figured it was probably one of the icicles on the house melting and dripping onto the driveway. It was making me a bit crazy so I got out of bed to investigate. Unfortunately what I discovered was that water was dripping inside the window. The temporary overnight solution was to use towels to catch the dripping water. The next morning we discovered that every upstairs window had filled with water and was not frozen underneath...but still dripping on top. Here's what we found!

Well....Michael took to the window with some tools and removed all of this:

Unfortunately it left us with something that looks more like this:

We now know why everything had been freshly painted! If only the issue involved the insides of the windows! Unfortunately it doesn't end there! This isn't a great picture...but you can see all the stains on the ceiling in the guest room. This was the first time we noticed the leak. It's gotten worse since I took this picture, but you get the idea. All the woodwork around the windows has separated and cracked. It's a bit of a mess. I'm going to choose to look at it with this we're forced to do what we said we were going to do...PAINT! :) Michael wants to smack me every time I say this, but hey it's my choice to view it that way! Can you hear him snickering. I can!

Looks a little crummy now...

And just for fun...a little peak out the back bedroom windows:


  1. Yikes! So glad that you're taking the glass half-full approach! Life is just better that way. Do you have new paint picked out?? :)