Little Drip

Son of Big Chief Running Water, according to an ancient joke first recorded on the walls of King Tut’s Tomb or thereabouts. You might think, though, that if it’s minus ten or less at night and below freezing during the day, water coming through the ceiling would not be the complication you first thought of. Ahahahahaha. How wrong you were. In the midday sun of successive days, the snow on the roof has melted down into the gutters. There it has become ice. It has subsequently, or consequently, penetrated the wallhead, due to the warmth of the house, such as it is. We have water pouring into the sitting room because surface melt is sheeting down the front face of the house, the situation gutters are basically designed to prevent. When the big freeze starts the gutters will probably fall off. It is perfectly possible to design houses for sub-arctic conditions, however, this is not one such. It’s a lovely house, but heavy snow lying for more than a month is simply beyond what it was designed to cope with. Nice Calum up at the garden centre has lost one of his greenhouses — the roof was staved in by the sheer weight of the fallen snow. Barns and so forth have suffered the same fate here and there in the county — corrugated iron is a much used roofing material hereabouts, and very good it can be, but it does enable you to put quite a lot of space between supporting joists and in present conditions this is looking like anything but a good idea. We wait in dread for the thaw because even before all this started, the flat roof of the utility room was once again letting in water like nobody’s business. There’s two feet of snow sitting on it, so what will happen when it all melts won’t be nice.

4 Responses to “Little Drip”

  1. the tropical godfather Says:

    Golly, what a nightmare! Fingers crossed that the melt wont turn into a meltdown, so to speak.

  2. canadian professor Says:

    A Canadian voice ought to be able to bring help. Alas. Is it too late to deploy people to clear the roof of now? This seems to be what they do in Quebec. The problem with ice is that it expands. Here we have had, so far, only flurries, with the exception of a day when the flurries tried to be snow. If your pipes freeze, try a hair dryer.

    I hope that the oil arrived?

  3. Jane Says:

    No oil as yet. Nor has the track been ploughed. If only it were possible to get men to clear the roof. As things are, we have been trying to get men to work on the roof — both the main roof and the flat roof — for three months, with total lack of success, and people who won’t fix the odd slate in reasonably clement weather certainly won’t come out in present conditions. Even leaving aside the fact that we couldn’t get a weighty machine like a cherrypicker to the house.

  4. jill Says:

    Here neighborly collaboration is an important survival strategy.”Dugnads”, or work sessions are organized and people arrive prepared to tackle various tasks. This collective burst of energy is always followed by cups of coffee and slabs of cake and lots of chatter-with high spirits all around for jobs well done. There is the knowledge of course that what goes around comes around. I understand that the severe weather you have been experiencing would stretch already generous spirits in your area. But if it is any help to you, please know that the concerns and collective good will of your readership must count for something.

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