Roof Snow and Ice Removal Safety
Northern New England has received a tremendous amount of snow this winter season. The weight of this accumulation is significant, and with several weeks of winter remaining, there is a strong likelihood that we will continue to see even more snowfall.
This build-up of snow and ice can create many issues if left unattended. We highly recommend that you clear your roof of excess ice and snow in order to avoid these issues, such as water back-up damage, ice dams, and potential collapse. We also stress that you check your decks and outbuildings, as the snow load has a significant effect on these structures as well. (Information provided by Cynthia Marks at Everett B. Rich Insurance Agency Inc.)
Removing ice and snow from your roof is no small task. If you are going to tackle this yourself, it is very important that you put your safety first. To stay safe while protecting your roof, follow these proven tips provided by MMG Insurance:
Use a snow rake from the ground whenever possible. If you must get on the roof, move cautiously and use a safety harness. If you need a ladder, make sure it's securely planted.
Check the location of skylights and roof vents before removing any snow and always stay clear of electrical wiring.
To prevent damage to your shingles, always shovel down the roof, never up, and leave 2 to 3 inches of snow cover.
Clear at least the bottom four feet of the slope to eliminate ice dams. If you get ice build up, never use an axe or other sharp object to break it up. Have a professional check for proper roof ventilation and attic insulation.
Here are some resources for you "do-it-yourself" homeowners. For more information about ice dams and how to properly remove them, visit: http://www.homeimprovementweb.com/information/how-to/ice-dam-removal.html. For more information about removing snow from your roof, visit: http://www.ehow.com/how_2123648_shovel-snow-roof.html
Also, if you have a house for sale, especially if it is unoccupied, and are concerned about the snow and ice on your property's roof, please contact your real estate professional for further information on snow removal service providers.