Ice Buildup Continues to Persist. Need Insulation Now!

Jan 19, 2009 |  by  |  Craftsman Archives  |  Share

dsc077172 Ice Buildup Continues to Persist. Need Insulation Now!It’s the dead of winter here in Michigan and the frigid arctic temperatures and constant snowfall are once again wrecking havoc on the eaves on the southeast corner of my house. That’s the corner where the 1926 portion of my house meets the 1977 portion. I like to call it my little arctic hell. Every year for the past five years it’s the same old story. Snow falls, snow melts, snow freezes and my home begins to look like Superman’s fortress of solitude. The ice buildup is a sure sign of inefficient heating which is naturally a cost and environmental concern but those cold, sharp ice shards are a physical hazard as well, especially for the kids.

Turns out there are a few things I can do to alleviate the problem. Obviously, insulation is a key factor and as it turns out just a year ago I added rolled insulation to the 1926 attic though admittedly I had a very difficult time getting insulation into the eave area. I tried using a long metal rod to gently push the insulation into the crevase but not being an insulation expert, I think I may have compacted it a little much, which as you probably know, means the insulation along the eave was essentially rendered worthless. Another thing we did was cut soffit vents into the 1926 eaves. Previously, there were none installed so doing this was supposed to add greatly to the air circulation. I personally think the vents aren’t working properly because they’re covered with insulation. Real good, right? Sometimes I find no joy in home improvement, especially coming in as an amateur.

Bottom line is I have a guy coming out today from Eco Foam to evaluate my situation and let me know what type of insulation will be most effective. I’m not looking for them to insulate my entire attic space so hopefully, it won’t be a major expense. We’ll see. Stayed tuned in for the update later tonight.



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