They’re mycicles

Let the dripping and freezing commence.

Let the dripping and freezing commence.

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.

A view from the kitchen.

A view from the kitchen.

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?

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40 thoughts on “They’re mycicles

  1. This is my first winter after spending six years teaching in Taiwan. We’re moving into a house in a few weeks. I’ll have to see what the icicle situation is when we get there. Such a lovely reminder you’ve provided. 😉

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  2. I have experienced ice damage back up as the eaves in my old Ohio home were not 12-18 inches. As for the lake house… I tore down an Atrium due to ice damage. The new Sunroom eaves are 16 inches now and roof was built with ice melt technology. Stay warm… Nice in AZ!

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    • I love your new construction as you shared with great images last fall, Nancy. Great move putting ice melt technology on the sunroom roof this time around, my friend. As long as you were new-constructing anyway, might ‘swell … 😉 Glad you’re toasty in AZ.

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  3. Oh, Mark, those pictures brought back some really bad memories! Knock on wood, after having the kitchen roof replaced a second time, all seems to finally be well. But then, we haven’t had a lot of snow yet this year, so only time will tell. (No rhyme intended.) At least, it appears that those icicles are hanging from your porch roof and not from the house roof. Good luck.

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    • Yes, these are merely on the side porch, our main entrance/exit from the Little Bitty as it leads to the driveway, CM. I knock them down when they get any bigger than these. And I knock them off the house with great vigilance. I hope your big (second) roof fix is permanent, my friend.

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  4. Yikes, those can be so dangerous! Sounds like you are on top of the situation and securing everyone’s safety there on the Little Bitty! We are clear so far and didn’t even get one snowflake from Jonas. Phew! 🙂

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