dangers of snow accumulation

heavy snow on a rooftop

The dangers of snow accumulation on roofs: PART 2

The dangers of snow accumulation on roofs: PART 2

You should not add weight to your roof unless you are approved by an engineer registered in the United States.

To remove snow and ice, don’t use heat guns or hair dryers.

Avoid using a ladder as ice can build up on the soles of your boots and on the ladder’s rungs.

There are many ways to identify problems with your roof.
Sagging roof
Cracking, creaking or popping sounds.

Split or cracked wood members
Supports can bend or ripple in a way that is pleasing to the eye.

You can remove screws from steel frames.

Sprinkler heads that have fallen below ceiling tiles

Roof leakage is severe.

It is difficult to open doors or windows.

Attached to ceiling: Conduit or utility pipes bowed
Cracks in walls and masonry

These are other safety tips for homeowners.

Clear away snow from downspouts to make sure water has somewhere to go.

Do not use outdoor cooking equipment as a heat source or cooking tool.
Avoid being tempted to melt the ice with a heat gun, open flame torch or heat gun. The risk of setting ablaze is high.

If you feel in immediate danger, go outside and dial 9-1-1.
Never use your oven for heat.

Space heaters require space. Keep them within a 3-foot radius of safety. They are not intended to replace your central heating system. Instead, they will provide temporary heat. Make sure you turn them off before you go to bed or leave the room.

To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, clear snow from dryer exhaust vents and furnaces.

Make sure to inspect your dryer exhaust vents and outside fuel (furnace), making sure they are clear of snow or ice.

These are other safety tips for business owners.
A snowblower must be approved for use on roofs by a structural engineer. The blower should also be set at a high height above the roof to avoid damage to the roof membrane.

Make sure to keep gutters, downspouts, and drains clear.
Snow can be thrown over flat roofs and shoveled.

Instead of scraping the roof clean and slicing it down to 2 to 3 inches, you can shave the snow to the desired level. This will reduce the risk of damage to your shingles and other roof coverings.

Remember that any metal tool can conduct electricity if it comes in contact with a power line.

To remove snow from your roof, use a snow rake (available at most hardware stores).

If large icicles are hanging above walkways and doors, be sure to remove them.

When you are doing any of these jobs, always wear goggles and protective headgear.

Plastic shovels are generally better than metal ones, with the exception of those with curved blades. Those can cause damage to your roof.
Begin at the edge, and work your way up to the roof.
There are many ways to identify problems with commercial buildings’ roofs.

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