If you live in a cold climate, ice dams on roofs can cause leaking. In our case, we share our roof with our next doors neighbour. The style of roof, called a butterfly, doesn’t do well with water run off in the spring. A “dead valley” was created in the middle. Water starts to pool from the heat inside the cabin. We do have a small trickle, but luckily, the walls are made from solid cedar logs and runs down the wall to a small hole in the floor.
It’s an ongoing problem until we add a cricket roof between the two structures and change the roofline.
The Ice Melt Sausages helped melt a channel through the ice and divert the water out of the dead valley and off the roof.
The idea was sourced from http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/skill-builder/0,,211604,00.html
Music credit: Grange Party, by Huma-Huma, YouTube Audio Library and Strange Ways, by Silent Partner, YouTube Audio Library