Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Downside to a Thaw

The January thaw has commenced. It got above freezing yesterday for the first time in many, many weeks. Hooray!

Except . . .

I noticed a spot on the bedroom ceiling last night that looked suspiciously like a leak. I pointed it out to A.. He agreed that it hadn't been there before, then walked out of the bedroom and got dripped on by another leak in the living room. Further scrutiny revealed several places where water was coming through the ceiling.

Part of the ceiling upstairs is paneled. That was where the drips were coming down. In the places where the drywall was getting wet, there was just a wet spot.

A. went up into the attic and found that the entire underside of the roof was covered in ice, which was now melting.


I notified our landlady, though there doesn't seem much to be done about it. The dripping has mostly stopped, so she just asked that we let her know if it gets any worse.

The upside is that this is not our house, so any water damage is not our problem. Yay for renting.

Another upside is that our furnace is still working.

Plus, our plow guy showed up with his front-end loader to clear the enormous snow drifts from our driveway, thus ensuring Jack's entertainment for the morning.

Better than TV.

You know you live in a place with Serious Winter Weather when your plow guy uses earth-moving equipment to clear snow.

This means we'll have a(nother) giant mountain of snow waiting for Cubby and Charlie when they get home from school. Let the good times roll.


Anonymous said...

Same plow guy as before, right? The one that knows boys are waiting for those BIG piles of snow, right?


Anonymous said...

Sounds like your attic vents are clogged or non existent. Or your dryer could be venting into attic space or the vent for the toilet/septic tank is leaking air into the attic or they are clogged from outside. Good night, if it all thaws into the ceiling sounds like a real mess to me.

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Linda: We didn't actually have a plow guy last winter--it was just the very kind farmer down the road who cleared us out with his tractor once after our monster snowstorm. This year we hired a guy who has an excavation company, so he not only plows with a regular plow on a pick-up truck in the winter, but can also move huge amounts of snow with his excavating equipment if necessary. Which it was.

Anonymous said...

Advice from Mary in MN--Would it help to shovel the roof? Do you have ice dams?