Keeping Downspouts Thawed

Old 02-03-05, 01:55 AM
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Question Keeping Downspouts Thawed

With the recent snow and freezing temps in NJ my gutter, downspouts and drain pipes are frozen. The gutters have ice dams. Luckily, I had only one small leak.

Maybe I'm wrong but would it help to have the downspouts and drain pipes kept thawed allow the gutters to drain water before they freeze.
Would disconnecting the down spouts from the gutters help? I know this could create ice patches below.
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IF you don't mind an increased enegry bill...........
You can purchase a "gutter heat tape" or "heat cable", made for Exterior use.

It's available in various lengths. It comes with instructions.
It's relatively easy to install. It can plug into an outside outlet.
When choosing the length you need, allow for the fact that it will run through the inside of your gutter as well as zig-zagging in and out of your gutter up onto the roof itself. can run one end of it through the downspout if so desired.
Roofing Materials Wholsalers MAY offer a wider selection of lengths than typical "BIG BOX" stores

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