Snow-covered roofs could mean big problems

March 06, 2018 05:13 PM

Parts of the region were hit with more than two feet of heavy, wet snow during last week's storm. It's weighing on roofs and more snow could create an even bigger issue.

Whether it's early March or Christmastime in December, many people say the icicles hanging from roofs are pretty to look at. However, those hanging icicles are potentially a very serious problem.

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There are a couple of remedies for it. If you can get a ladder up to the roof level, you can sprinkle some calcium pellets and that will take care of it. However, if it's a little too high or you don't want to get up on the ladder, there are roof rakes.

That's why some people were coming to hardware stores like Menands True Value.

Owner Frank Esposito says don't get stuck without a roof rake, because roofs are nothing to fool around with. When you see icicles, it's a reminder to do something about it.

"It looks nice, but you want to get them off as soon as possible, because that's going to cause your problems. That's going to cause your real problems – because that's where the water's going to back up," explained Esposito. "Depending on when your house was built, if it has an ice and water shield underneath, you got a three to six-foot barrier. After that, you're in trouble."


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