Heavy Snow Loads On Roofs
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Signs of Roof Problems Due to Heavy Snow Load
- Cracked or split wood members
- Bends or ripples in supports
- Cracks in walls or masonry
- Sheared off screws from steel frames
- Sprinkler heads that have dropped down below ceiling tiles
- Doors that pop open, become stiff or jammed
- Doors or windows that are difficult to open
- Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
- Creaking, cracking or popping sounds
Tips to Remove Snow and Ice from Roofs and Other Areas
- Consider hiring professionals to do the job. The combination of heights plus ice makes this one of the more dangerous maintenance tasks.
- If you don’t hire professionals, have someone outside with you in case anything does go wrong.
- Use a telescoping snow rake for pitched roofs (available at most hardware stores) to remove snow from your roof.
- Start from the edge and work your way into the roof.
- Try to shave the snow down to 2 or 3 inches on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean, which will risk damage to your shingles or other roof covering.
- Keep in mind metal tools conduct electricity if it touches a power line, stay well clear.
- Remove large icicles carefully if they’re hanging over doorways and walkways. Consider knocking down icicles through windows using a broom stick.
- Wear protective equipment when performing any of these tasks.
- Keep gutters and drains clean, free of ice and snow and keep downspouts clear at ground level.