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Old 02-13-2011, 02:05 PM   #41
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I've used my spline drive roto to break ice on streets but would be very careful on a roof. (meaning I wouldn't)

I've used a saw, a pole saw to cut a few exit points to drain ice dams and I believe that a sawzall would also work but it would be easy to cut the shingles, drip edge etc.

I think the safest is using the hot water method that Dougger mentioned, although you'd still have to work from a distance and at the proper angle, since a pressure washer in the wrong hands can also do damage.

There is a difference in snow removal to reduce the total snow loading and perhaps removing the snow near the edge to allow the dams to melt.

I also agree w/ jmiller that the area in the roofs is likely to remain wet for some period of time and at a temp that supports growth of mold.

I have wondered if the freeze thaw cycles could "walk" nails loose in shingles.

Thanks for the interesting thread. I've done some of this and may consider adding the hot box for supplying heated water.

As always keep in mind there is a greater potential for danger doing this; water and ladders, potential ice on ladders, increased fall risk, damage to the house, roof, shingles.
On the job training can sometimes be expensive.

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Old 02-19-2011, 10:57 AM   #42
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Hey oldfrt, I 'm not far away from you (northern Fairfield), and am going through the exact same thing on a few different jobs. What I did was voice my concerns to the HO, and asked that a different adjuster be sent out. The second adjuster was much more realistic, in terms of what needed to take place. This particular job, the water damage sounds as extensive as yours, and the first adjuster said to simply run some dehumidifiers and paint! It's your neck on the line, and I wouldn't accept anything less than what you think is necessary. If necessary, there are also professionals you can contact that will deal with the ins. co. for a fee (10% of job). Unfortunately, it seems that the insurance companies are only concerned with their bottom lines, and they are taking a beating around here this winter. Good luck.
From what I'm hearing,different Ins.Co's are approaching
this kind of damage in a variety of ways.

One potential client said that the adjuster was just going
to send out a check for their estimate of the damage and the HO was on his own for remediation and repairs.
If there was a need for more funds than they would be made available.
Others are just estimating the damage and whatever they
pay out is the final amount.

On this project the Ins.Co.had the remediation crew
come in and start drying things up.
They came out yesterday,3 weeks after the leaks,
and said they were instructed to only remove what is still wet.
Mold was found in the three small areas they opened
so they sprayed for it,but insisted everything else was OK since the surface of the rock was dry.There didn't seem to be any concern for the insulation that had gotten wet.
Some of the badly stained ceilings weren't touched.

Since their boss was out there about a week after
the leaks,and had found the other areas to be wet
then,I'd think he would have instructed his crew
to hit those areas as well.

I quoted the State requirements,and they put a call in
to their boss.
After talking with them for a while they admitted
that their procedure was kind of hit and run.
A lot of times they would return and do a more.
I don't understand this approach.Anything
that they didn't open up probably had mold starting,
and each time they return they have to set up for RRP.
Being a National Franchise,you'd think they would
be more professional.
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Wow, that picture was a bad ice dam....have you ever looked for a roof deicing system?

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Wow, that picture was a bad ice dam....have you ever looked for a roof deicing system?
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looks good!
Looks good? Are you his partner or what? (I noticed that you promptly replied to both his posts, and yes- I am the 'internet police').
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I dont know who he is but I appreciate that he liked it.

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