If you live in an area that experiences winter weather, you know that it can be a time of considerable trouble for your home. From frozen water pipes bursting and flooding your home, to blown-off shingles and a weakened roof structure, winter storms can cause a lot of damage.
What Causes Snow And Ice To Form On Your Roof?
Snow and ice can form on roofs for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the most common:
- Root intrusion: If a tree or shrub roots into your roof, they can cause snow and ice to form. The tree’s roots will suck up water and freeze, which will create an ice dam on the roof. This will cause water to accumulate, eventually leading to roof failure.
- Condensation: When the air temperature is colder than the surface temperature of objects (like roofs), moisture will condense onto those objects. Snow and ice form when this condensed moisture freezes.
- Ridge venting: If your home has ridge vents, wind can push warm air up through the vents and onto the roof, melting the snow and ice. This can lead to rapid accumulation of snow and ice on your roof, potentially causing roof failure.
- Wind load: A strong wind can push large amounts of snow and ice onto your roof, potentially causing structural damage. When reaching 75 mph gusts or more, your home is at risk for wind damage.
If you notice any of these signs that snow or ice is forming on your roof, it
How To Clean Your Roof When It Snows And Icicles Form
When it snows and ice forms on your roof, it can become difficult to clean. Here are some tips on how to clean your roof when it snows and icicles form: Clear the snow and ice from around the gutters, downspouts, and any other areas where water may accumulate.
This will help prevent water from accumulating and causing damage to your roof. Clear all debris from around the edge of the roof where gutters, vents, or chimneys are located. This will keep snow and ice from building up there and create a slippery surface for someone trying to clean the roof. Remove any snow or ice blocking gutters or downspouts.
This will help ensure water flows freely onto the roof, which will make cleaning easier. Call a professional to clean your roof if it is not possible to do so yourself. A professional will have the proper tools and equipment to clean your roof properly.
What To Do If You Have A Frozen Rope On Your Roof
If you find yourself with a frozen rope on your roof, don’t panic. Here are some things to do in order to get the rope off and prevent further damage: Cut the rope as close to the roof surface as possible using a standard knife.
Do not use a saw or wire cutters as they may cause further damage to the roof. If possible, use a bucket or bag to catch any ice that falls from the roof. This will help reduce the amount of damage that can be done to your home by ice falling from the sky If you have a ladder, climb up onto the roof and remove the rope using a pair of pliers. Be sure to wear protective gear, such as gloves and goggles, when removing the rope.