We have an insurance claim.

We had a rather massive ice dam on the roof of the addition. It was right above the laundry / sewing / craft room. I took this photo on January 12, and you know it hadn't gotten any smaller in the last two months.


Our roof is only a few years old, is very well built, and we have never had any damage or leakage from previous ice dams in that same place so we didn't worry about it.

This week the weather is starting to warm up. Lots of melting going on.

Tuesday afternoon Smokey heard a big Thwump! but didn't think much about it. Probably just the cat getting something he isn't supposed to, he thought.

But when he came out later to drive to town, he discovered what had made the noise. The entire ice dam and the snowbank behind it had slid off the roof… and onto the small deck on that side of the house.

Deck 5

Deck 1

Deck 6

Those are some m%^&% f^&*ing big ice cubes lying on our driveway there.

Late last night when I came home after the monthly county board meeting, I backed my car down the driveway (because it is easier to get it up the next day if I don't have to deal with turning it around on the ice) not realizing that there was, er, debris down there.

Deck car 1

Happily, I missed the railing…

Deck car 2

…and the nails sticking up from the board (in the red circle). 

Part of the deck took out a side window in the entryway (barely visible above the roof of the yellow Aveo in the first photo) and bounced off the hood of the car. Said car has only a couple tiny dents in the fender and the hood; said window needs new thermopane. Or entire new window; insurance adjuster hasn't been here yet.

No animals were injured in the making of this blog post, and we needed a new barbecue grill anyway

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0 Responses to We have an insurance claim.

  1. Carole says:

    Yikes! I’m glad no one was hurt!

  2. claire says:

    My partner was very impressed to see that you have two robots that live on your deck. I tried to explain that they were BBQ grills, he is not deterred. (we don’t BBQ or own grills). Robots. cool.

  3. Chris says:

    Ack! Glad it didn’t break more and send the gas grills hurtling to the ground! O.O

  4. Amanda says:

    As much as that sucks to have to deal with, I’m glad everyone is okay and you don’t have to deal with car insurance as well!

  5. kim says:

    Yikes. I suppose this is one of the reasons people grumble about the snow. Glad all are alright, and that you will be grill-shopping soon.

  6. Erika says:

    Yowza! Adios, gutters!

  7. Jeanne says:

    Yikes! It never occurred to me to be worried about the ice dams coming off the roof.

  8. Nancy G says:

    Good grief, that was some massive ice DAM! Glad everyone is okay, and that no tires were injured, either.

  9. cursingmama says:

    So glad the only thing damaged is the house!

  10. Kym says:

    Oh my goodness! When I started reading your post, I figured it was going to be INTERNAL water damage (because you know that happens from roof ice dams.. . ) — so I wasn’t expecting the avalanche effect! Wow. Impressive!

  11. Teri S. says:

    Wow. Just wow.

  12. Bullwinkle says:

    Yes, wow “avalanche effect!” Glad no one is hurt.
    p.s. Does this mean that spring is coming?

  13. Big Alice says:

    Kind of an unfortunately way to get a new bbq. Hope all is well.

  14. Carleen says:

    This is the Murphy’s Law version of what happens when you paint your deck. 😉

  15. Lorette says:

    Oops. Glad nobody was hurt. You could make some huge martinis with those ice cubes…

  16. Helen says:

    Holy cow!!!
    so glad no critters were hurt!

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