Old man winter does not want to give our homes a break this year! First, we had the deep freeze and tremendous amounts of snow to deal with and now we are struggling with large amounts of rain and possible floods. While rain is not normally a huge threat, when it is in combination with large amounts of snow already accumulated on your roof, it could be the perfect recipe for disaster. What is a homeowner to do? Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent your home from becoming at risk for a roof collapse.
- Determine the amount of snow on your roof – Take a close look at your roof and its level of snow. If you do have a large accumulation, it could serve as a sort of sponge for the water that is in the forecast for the next few days. With the added weight of the falling water, your roof could become under immense pressure. Gauging the amount of snow now can help you determine your next step.
- Remove the snow – This step might not be one that you can perform on your own. If you are unable to sweep the snow off of the roof from the ground, it is best to leave it to the professionals. The use of a ladder during this time of year can be very dangerous and walking on the roof requires professional knowledge, especially with the risk of weak areas due to the winter storms.
- Remove icicles – Icicles pose many dangers, aside from ice dams. If they are hanging over the gutters, they can begin to fall as the temperatures begin to rise, putting anyone around your home at risk. They can also cause the snow and water to become trapped in the gutter, putting excessive weight on your gutters and eaves, causing a potential collapse.
There is no cut and dry way to protect your home from the impending weather over the next week, but keeping a vigilant eye on the amount of snow on your roof and in your gutters can be a proactive way to prevent disaster. As always, if you are unable to handle what is going on with your roof safely from the ground, it is best to obtain professional help to ensure the safety of you and your roof.