Worthington Ohio real estate

head_left_image

Ice Dams, Pantyhose, Salt

 

Reuben's  'Ice Dams, Pantyhose, Salt' post makes him sound like a "mad scientist" when it comes to removing ice dams from roofs... the earlier post (link in the second paragraph) has other methods. Don't try these at home in Columbus, some sound downright dangerous.

I have not heard of anyone having ice dams this winter but the last couple of years I know Central Ohio houses that had them. I hope we make it through this winter without them.

Here's an old poll from the summer of 2009 about wearing / uses for pantyhose. No mention of ice dams, or roofs.

 

Thanks to home inspector Reuben Saltzman of Minneapolis MN (where they really get snow and ice and are welcome to keep it)  for all of his research and for allowing his post, 'Ice Dams, Pantyhose, Salt' to be Re-Blogged.

 

Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections - Email - Minneapolis Home Inspections

Facebook     LinkedIn    Follow Structure Tech on Twitter    ASHI Certified Home Inspector - Click To Verify     Click to subscibe to Reuben's Blog

Ever since I was a teenager working at a hardware store, I've heard of people filling up pantyhose with salt and tossing them on their roof to create drainage channels in ice dams.  After hearing about this so many times and even seeing this method of creating drainage channels in ice dams on the news, I began to believe this actually worked.

Nevertheless, I tend to question everything, and last year I finally got around to testing this method on my own.  Instead of laying the pantyhose perpendicular to the ice dam, I laid them parallel to the ice dam in an attempt to get rid of the ice dam entirely.  As I mentioned in my blog about how to remove ice dams, this didn't work well at all.

Several readers suggested I place the pantyhose the way everyone else does (does everyone else really do this?), perpendicular to the ice dams.  The whole idea of placing them perpendicular to the ice dams is to create drainage channels for water, so water doesn't back up in to your house.

I tried this on a cold January day at my neighbors house (thanks for being a willing participant, Jonathan).  I was also curious as to what magical properties the pantyhose possessed.  How do pantyhose make salt so much more effective than salt alone?   Wouldn't it work a lot faster to just put salt directly on to the ice dam?  As it turns out, yes.  This works way better.

The photos from my little experiment are below.  I filled one of the pantyhose up with "Ice Melt", which contained a blend of calcium chloride and rock salt.  I filled the other pantyhose with an ice melting salt that didn't have the contents labeled - I suspect it was just rock salt.  I also poured the Ice Melt in a perpendicular line along the ice dam, using far less salt than I used in either of the pantyhose.

10:00 AM (Start Time)

Salt Filled Pantyhose 10am Salt On Roof 10am

2:00 PM

Salt Filled Pantyhose 2pm Salt On Roof 2pm

4:00 PM

Salt Filled Pantyhose 4pm Salt On Roof 4pm

Hmm... it looks like we have a winner.  If you're going to put salt on your roof, I don't understand what the purpose of using pantyhose is.  The obvious thing here is that salt applied directly to an ice dam is far more effective than salt in a pantyhose.  So you can run and tell that.

Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections - Email - Minneapolis Home Inspections

Facebook     LinkedIn    Follow Structure Tech on Twitter    ASHI Certified Home Inspector - Click To Verify     Click to subscibe to Reuben's Blog

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


This post provided by Maureen McCabe HER Realtors*

Contact Maureen McCabe of HER Realtors* - 614.388.8249

HER Realtors  Maureen McCabe

Search Columbus mls

email: MaureenatMaureenMcCabe.com  at = @

*Real Living HER

Information is deemed to be accurate but should be verified to your satisfaction.  Information provided herein is supplied by several sources and is subject to change without notice.  Opinions expressed are solely those of Maureen McCabe.

 


 

Comment balloon 5 commentsMaureen McCabe • January 11 2011 08:25PM

Comments

That's an excellent idea...I'm going over to tell him so right now.  Great re-blog!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) over 8 years ago

the legs lying on the roof just look comical to me.  His first post was wild with all his different methods. 

Blowtorch?

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 8 years ago

Hi Maureen... I still think of you and our Localism blog chats when someone mentions wearing pantyhose!  IMHO, this is actually a great (and appropriate) way to incorporate pantyhose in a Localism post!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 8 years ago

We just had our first snow of the year that needs a shovel. I think I will be ok keeping the pantyhose in the drawer this year.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Steve...  Reuben's pantyhose experiments make me think of Localism in Dallas, of course.

Ellie  I think the weather the past two winters in Columbus was someone else's weather...  Clevelands? We are semi snowbound today....  but we have not had a lot of snow this winter.  3" yesterday? An inch or so more over night?   The county north of us (about a mile and a half up the road)  is a level 1 snow emergency we are not snow emergency in Franklin County Ohio.  We have enough snow that my dog is sitting in it to do his business this morning.  Of course since he's a mutt that is no measure, for anyone but me. Yesterday night he was above snow level when he crouched.  Boy dog but he is not a leg lifter.  Not sure with the snow if he should act more like a macho dog.  This snow would be nothing in MN, MI and WI or even Northern Ohio.  

Reuben's experiments in melting ice dams and his documentation amuse me!

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 8 years ago

Participate