A snowstorm is not unusual in the Akron, Ohio area. A large accumulation of snow can lead to stuck cars, school closings and skiing, but it can also lead homeowners to be concerned about all the snow on their roofs. A roof can collapse or lead to severe damage when we do acquire a large amount of snow, freezing rain or frigid temperatures. Severe weather conditions can lead to leaks, mildew buildup in your attic, and damage to your gutters. Follow these 3 tips for safe snow removal:
- Stay at Ground Level if Possible – Try to clear as much snow off your roof from ground level by using a roof rake or use a ladder. Using a deicer along the eave can minimize the need of shoveling.
- Don’t Let Snow Pile Too High – If you have the option of removing four inches snow instead of waiting until 18 inches have piled up. As layer after layer accumulates, you may end up with ice layers under snow layers, which will make snow-removal extremely hazardous.
- Use a Plastic Shovel – Metal shovels, ice picks, mechanical equipment, and other sharp objects should never be used to take snow off your roof. The risk of roof-damage is simply too great, and leaks may result.
Before you start pulling snow off the roof, put some thought into where the snow’s going to land. You will want to pick a spot other than on your head or the heads of bystanders. If you experience a winter roof damage, call the Orion Team at 330-244-9708!