The heavy snow is now behind us, at least we hope, but the damages are yet to be seen. If your roof and gutters are filled with large amounts of heavy snow and ice, your home and even your family are at risk for damages. Because we had temperatures warm enough for the snow to fall and then frigid temperatures soon after the snow fell, everywhere you look there are large, hanging icicles that are just waiting to do some damage by falling on innocent people walking by or causing leaks in your roof.
Icicles are Heavy
If you shoveled the snow yourself, you know how heavy it was; now think of that weight on your roof and gutters. If the icicles are hanging off of your gutters, they are putting weight on them that they were not made to withstand. This means that you could find yourself without gutters or with missing shingles come spring. If you are able to get to the icicles that are hanging on your roof, it is best to remove them. If you have a snow rake, it is the best method to avoid damage to your roof and the need to climb up on a ladder during the snowy, slippery conditions.
Ice is Under the Snow
Even if you think your roof is safe from harm because you have no icicles hanging, chances are there is a layer of ice underneath the snow you see on the roof. This adds more weight to the roof that could put it at risk for damage. You might find that you have leaks in your attic or excessive weight on the roof that causes it to buckle. The ice is able to accumulate because the heat in the attic causes the snow to melt on the roof, as the melted snow falls, it is hit with colder air than is present on the top of the roof – this leads to the melted snow refreezing and causing ice dams on your roof.
Rather than putting yourself or your roof in danger, invest in a snow shovel with a long pole that allows you to reach the snow and ice from the ground. This enables you to prevent damage to your roof come springtime, yet keep yourself safe from harm by not using a ladder in slippery conditions.