When the snow builds up to a certain point on the rooftops of Syracuse and the sun does its thing during the winter days as January winds its way toward February and then night falls …
It’s icicle season.
They can get big and nasty and dangerous. They can do serious damage to your roof line, backing up underneath and flooding your house. Buckets can line your floors to catch the drips.
They call those nasties on the outside ice dams or ice floes. Roofers and/or homeowners put up special metal flashing at the edges to avoid them. We don’t have those on the Little Bitty. But I do own a snow rake, which I use to pull down excess snow when we get big storms or many storms without an extended melt to free the roof.
This winter’s lack of measurable snow through December and 30-some inches this month have kept the icicle situation at bay so far.
The sun has done its daytime job, and the night cool has frozen the drips. I’ve knocked some down in front with my shovel. But they’ve been kind of small.
They might even be considered kind of cute. I’ll call them mycicles.
Have you had to knock icicles hanging from your roof, and if so, what did you use for the job? What are the biggest icicles you’ve ever seen? Would you consider the extra metal flashing on your roof if you lived in a heavy snow zone?