When dish freezes with snow & ice

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What do you all do?

Dish always freezes with snow on it and because of it often times we lose internet. Only solution is brushing the snow off and if it's ice getting it off with some hot water. Pretty simple, for us anyway. But those with dishes high up on your roof how do you deal with it? You can't simply get up there to brush it off. Snow can stay frozen on it for days, leaving you without internet for days.

That's why my thoughts on Cuomo when he said "Broadband for all in NY" is an idiot to have given hughesnet nearly 20 million for those not served and far out and calling satellite a solution for those not economically feasible to reach. Still abandoning the people who choose to live rural life. My thoughts - 1) - Hughesnet should never have saw a dime as they could already serve. 2) Satellite is not a perfect solution and never will be. That's my fair opinion.

Broadband, in my honest opinion, is getting as essential as electricity. Rather than entertainment and social media, broadband is being used for home security/surveillance, saving money, education, phone services, job hunt, work from home folks, health purposes. 

I do believe they use to view power too expensive to bring out to rural people back in the day until government stepped in and forced to deliver.
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So are you asking how to get snow off of a roof mounted dish or are you just bashing Cuomo, again?
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I have an extension pole for me brush. Works fine and is safe. Ice. Sometimes banging the dish with the brush handle works.
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What do you do about a Cuomo?
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If it's me, I send him up on the roof to clear the dish... I don't have a 30' extension pole.
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I dont delve into NYpolitics. I try to avoid both coasts, although I had a splendid time in NYC over the summer. Even the trains ran on time. So Cuomo is at least as good as Mussolini!.
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I have Easycare so I would call for a tech to come out for $99 and brush the snow off.  Can't miss my Maude TV shows!
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Automotive Deicer 
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I have heard that. I have also heard that can degrade the dish.
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Ronald Stricklin

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Deicer with abrasives will. You'll need to avoid that. Make sure they don't have abrasives.
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I had snow on my dish last winter. It didn’t bother me a whole lot. I simply enjoyed watching television and movies from my Plex server until the dish eventually thawed out.
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Snow melts pretty quick in Louisiana.
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I've seen electric heaters mounted to the backside of the dish and/or pieces of sheet metal about 10" wide attached to the top of the dish to act as a roof.  Never done this myself, my dishes are on the side of the house.
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Luckily, my dish is right out my bedroom window, so I can reach it with a pole.  If gently tapping it doesn't get the snow off, I brush it off, but tapping it usually does the job.  HOWEVER, if your dish isn't tight tapping it could be really bad.  I don't tend to have too much of a problem with ice.   Had to clean it off today due to all of the snow we got overnight and are continuing to get.  

I do the same with my DirecTV dish, but that dish is on the roof, so I have to go outside for that one.  Still, snow doesn't seem to affect it as much as it does my sat internet dish.  In fact, I didn't clean it off today, so it has at least three inches on the face of it, yet it's still working just fine.  It will start melting tomorrow, and for sure on Monday, as our temps are going up.  

I live in Western NY, just south of Buffalo, so I was one of the dopes who got my hopes up with the Broadband For All program.  Stupid me.  I should have known better.   :( 
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They also sale over priced heaters for satellite dishes. Pretty much an electric blanket that connects to the back.
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I've heard of people using Pam on the dish to keep it from sticking. I don't know how that will work in a heavy snow storm.

 I think the extended rod to brush it off might be the only good answer for the out of reach dishes. With it slanted it may not hold the snow too long to begin with but of course if you're stuck at home you'll probably want internet.