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What should you do about snow and ice on your roof?


How much snow is too much snow when it comes to your roof?  When it piles up and then starts to melt it can wreak havoc on your home or business.  So we spoke to the experts today for some tips.

APEX Exteriors said the best thing to do is to remove the snow or better yet have it removed by a professional before it causes problems.  And we're not just talking about your roof collapsing, all that snow up on your roof can do a lot of damage that's less noticeable.

The owner of APEX Exteriors, David Bevins, has been climbing onto a lot of roofs this winter.  "It's been a very bad year this year," said Bevins, "we've been having like 20 calls a day."

Bevins says removing snow from your roof is crucial to preventing damage inside your home.  "It melts, when it gets into the gutter it re-freezes and it starts backing up...in some cases it actually backs up and goes inside the interior wall."

That's exactly what happened at a home Bevins was working at Tuesday afternoon.  The Problem was discovered by a contractor re-doing the bathroom.  "The insulations in the framework where the bathroom was was sopping wet.  And he said that's due to an ice jam throughout the whole length of the back of the house," said Megan Hines, her grandmother lives in the home.

A call was immediately made to Bevins to have him come fix the problem.  Hines said, "I didn't know what I was doing and neither did anybody else that was here so we just left it up to the people that know what they're doing."

Bevins recommends getting the snow off your roof if you have five inches or more up there.  You can try to remove some snow on your own.  Bevins said, "they can get a product called a roof rake and what that does is you can safely do it from the ground and rake the snow off the roof."

But he says you absolutely should not get on your roof and try to get rid of the snow and ice.  "Sometimes they destroy the roof more than they help it," said Bevins.

It's also very dangerous.  Bevins said there is normally a layer of ice on the roof underneath all the snow.

That's why Hines left it up to the professional.  "I didn't want to risk me slipping and falling.  There was quite a bit of snow up there."

We also spoke with Moore's roofing.  They said this winter has been so bad, the salt they use to help get rid of the snow and ice on roofs is cold out everywhere.

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