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    the drawbacks of "home ownership"

    Well I "guess" I am glad I booked yesterday because today I would pass because I have water in my great room which is not all that great if you ask me.... It happened our first year here and it cost a small fortune to fix...this is not nearly as bad but still not making me smile at all! The insurance company is not going to be pleased with 2 claims in 4 years for the same problem....yes I need to figure out how to keep the ice dams from happening/fix the issue- because if it happens again I am putting the house on the market and buying something that I can actually reach my roof to clear when it snows.....wow do I hate winter!!!!!!

    Sorry for venting but I am beyond heated.

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    ice dams
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    ice damn!

    i hope it is an easy fix.

    by giving this its own thread will give you and all of us a place to vent.




    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    Well I "guess" I am glad I booked yesterday because today I would pass because I have water in my great room which is not all that great if you ask me.... It happened our first year here and it cost a small fortune to fix...this is not nearly as bad but still not making me smile at all! The insurance company is not going to be pleased with 2 claims in 4 years for the same problem....yes I need to figure out how to keep the ice dams from happening/fix the issue- because if it happens again I am putting the house on the market and buying something that I can actually reach my roof to clear when it snows.....wow do I hate winter!!!!!!

    Sorry for venting but I am beyond heated.

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    Good Luck, I would hope the insurance company is understanding as this has been a huge issue in many states this winter. We all know how much we invest in home insurance over the years so if you need a claim here or there the insurance companies are still ahead of us I would think. We had ice dams a few years ago and after that we put those wires that you zig zag on the edge of the roof, not a pretty sight but does work. I am totally with you I am done with winters, seems the older we get the less enjoyment winter is.

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    I was ready to lose my mind when my wife told me....I regret buying my house...and I don't regret many things in my life. If my son did not have so many friends in the neighborhood I would fix this place and sell it tomorrow. I know it can happen to any house but I hate when bad crap happens to me/my property.....I am getting to old to be up on ladders trying to remove snow from my roof and I almost fell the other day so I stopped....and now I have water I don't think I would have been able to prevent it anyways.

    We may try the electric cables....I have a call into the contractor that has done a few projects for us to get his opinion on the damage and how to prevent future issues. If it happens again I am done....I hate getting so mad about stuff....and when things like this happen it makes me nuts!

    Quote Originally Posted by DiviDiviFan View Post
    Good Luck, I would hope the insurance company is understanding as this has been a huge issue in many states this winter. We all know how much we invest in home insurance over the years so if you need a claim here or there the insurance companies are still ahead of us I would think. We had ice dams a few years ago and after that we put those wires that you zig zag on the edge of the roof, not a pretty sight but does work. I am totally with you I am done with winters, seems the older we get the less enjoyment winter is.

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    It is hard not to stress about things such as these, it is always a stressful situation when it comes to the house you love or built. Not to mention worrying about the expense and dealing with insurance companies etc. My husband is the most easy going guy but as he is getting older has started losing it when dealing with repairmen who seem to think they can scam him by overcharging. Had to replace a water heater and dh was actually raising his voice so loud I had to check to see what the heck was going on. I then brought down brownies I just took out of the over and milk to try to calm him and the repair guy down, it worked!

    They also sell discs that look like hockey pucks for ice dams, you toss them up and they melt the dams, work but not as fast as electric wires.

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    Sorry Jay...... I always look forward to your postings...... but this is different .... good luck with it being a cheap fix.

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    I am a little less crazy after the last 90 minutes of using more swears than I ever should be said. I am going to do whatever I can to fix it once and for all- I will redo the insulation, put wires on my house, even redo the roof on that part of the house if needed....I thought cathedral ceilings and sky lights were great prior to actually owning a house with them....they seem to lose heat really, really easily and that is what causes the ice dams. I will repair the damage and fix my stinking house BUT if it happens again I am more likely to torch it than fix it...not really but you get it. I just want my house to get my son through high school and then I am selling it when he goes to college- really sweet parent I know, lol.

    My last thought is whomever redid this roof screwed the previous owner and that is now affecting me! There is zero chance they did the roof proper with the water and ice shield going back from the roof line 6 feet or so like we did when we owned our 1st house. Bigger does not always mean better....my house is bigger and so are my problems
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    Dividivi fan- I am curious about the heat cables...how much does it cost extra on the electric bill? I know its way cheaper than repairs, lol. My plan is to redo the insulation and add the heat cables unless my contractor has different/better ideas other than blowing the house up although last night I would have said sure.

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    The cost of electricity is relatively small and lots cheaper than replacing a roof. I had a similar situation at my last house with a north facing valley in the roof. It never got enough sun in the winter to fully clear the ice and snow. After dealing with a massive 2 story icicle (looked like a frozen waterfall) I had the roof and ice shields redone, gutters replaced and skylight resealed. Then I DIY cables to melt stuff. It worked fairly well and I also installed a shutoff so I didn't use electricity 24/7. "Been there.... done that" and sorry you have to go thru it too.

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    My contractor has not seen the damage yet but thinks we should potentially rip out the entire ceiling and redo the insulation and that should solve the issues. That will cost a small fortune as the room is 25x15 or so....yuck! He said he has seen some insurance companies be willing to pay for it...if that's the case he can rip every ceiling in my house for all I care but if I am paying for it....I am not all that interested and will get some more opinions on the best solution.

    We will sell our house when our son goes to college and we will rent and let it be somebody else's problem when all hell breaks loose. I enjoy the tax benefits of owning a home but nothing else, lol. In the mean time I need to figure this crap out so it does not torture me or send me to the poor house!

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