January 15th, 2014
It is important to upkeep your roof by avoiding ice dams. Your safety is even more important. These 5 tips should help you.
Homeowners use the rakes to remove snow from their roof so they can minimize the snow’s structural load and reduce the possibility of an ice dam forming.
Utilizing snow rakes can be dangerous and physically demanding. The following 5 tips will help to set you on the right course….
Rule 1: First, inspect your roof
If possible, before the snow falls, in late autumn, inspect your roof for loose shingles or loose flashing. You will want to take great care not to hook your rake against anything loose as you may well cause more damage than you had initially hoped to avoid! Take care to ensure that your gutters are secure as well. NEVER GO ONTO THE ROOF YOURSELF. Do not hesitate to hire a roofer to remove the snow if you are worried about performing this function.
If necessary, create a path around the house on which you can walk.
Rule 2: Beware of icicles
You already have ice dams if you have large icicles. Do not hesitate to hire a roofer if you have large icicles as these are incredibly dangerous. Gravity works wonders on heavy icicles. These can easily become dislodged so do take care.
Do not apply great force to the roof rake. Instead, dislodge the snow gently in order to avoid damage to the shingles.
Rule 3: Falling snow can damage plants
Take care to direct the flow of falling snow away from plants that can be easily damaged by the fallout. Consider the use of plywood leaning against a solid base to deflect the snow.
Rule 4: THINK SAFETY through this process
Large clumps of snow fall fast without concern for it’s resting place! Make sure that you are standing off to the side of where it will fall.
Rule 5: Beware of power lines
Go to great lengths to ensure that your rake does not come into with any power lines or cables.