January 28, 2011 by staff
With all the snow that accumulated this winter, it is important to clean the roof before it’s too late. According to experts, cleaning roofs can prevent structural damage.
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has warned of this problem for over a month.
“We are approaching the top 10 storms record for Massachusetts, said a Macleoo Scott, spokesman for MEMA.
Approximately 60 inches have fallen already, and the snow is adding to the rooftops. The snow may be soft now, but there is a lot of him and he could get heavy quickly.
“Of course, does not take much – a little rain, snow will act as a sponge and make it even heavier than just the snow itself. And yet, drainage is always a problem, “said Macleoo.
A flat roof is particularly at risk. Officials recommend that residential property owners should clear their roofs, but only if it is safe to do so. Otherwise, it is recommended that you contact a professional.
A pitched roof can also be a problem – in Newton, an avalanche of snow slide a slate roof and gutters ripped right out of the house.
“It looks like a fair amount [of damages] I mean, we knew that this creek had to be replaced,” said the owner.
GF Sprague Roofing & Repair Co. has made a makeshift home on Newton Thursday. The company specializes in ice dams and received calls every Thursday.
“We have ice dams is 110 Natick Boston, Walpole, Waltham,” said Bob Scribner.
Icicles may look pretty but they are a sign of trouble. Escape the heat at the roofline can cause major problems and damage.
“You can insulate your house, you may wind, and the most important thing to do is call a qualified contractor to come take a look,” said Scribner. “You have to take care of insulation, heat and roof.”
To delete a sloping roof, you guys can rake roof in a hardware store.
Baker said that the threats are the most important buildings with flat roofs, but this additional load of snow is a threat to the rooftops. It recommends removing snow from roofs and terraces, where possible, and said a roof rake is the safest option do-it-yourself. Weed & Duryea has a supply of roof rakes in stock.
“If we get rain on top of all this snow, which will be another problem,” Baker said. “The snow will act as a sponge and the extra weight could really cause trouble.”
Baker said homeowners should not climb on roofs, and should contact a professional contractor to help.
Bridges and roofs already burdened by packs of heavy snow could be compromised by the other 15 inches of snow that hit New Canaan Wednesday and Thursday. Fire Marshal Fred Baker said that people should try to clear snow if possible, and watch for signs of structural damage that can lead to a collapse.
“You can hear strange noises, the building was creaking,” he said. “There could be a deviation in the ceilings and beams.”
Metro-North train that slipped off the trail and into a barricade should not be repaired quickly.
“It’ll be hours before a tow truck to get here,” Walker said.
The YMCA is closed until further notice, and Elm Street Books will open at noon.
Walter Stewart Market opened on Thursday morning time, and some customers had stopped before 09:30. Manager Alex Stewart said that parking is clear.
“It’s like Groundhog Day,” he said. “We had removed all the snow and we’re back here.”
The store was busy Wednesday, with buyers of provisioning for the storm. And what do the residents of New Canaan need to see them through another snowy day?
“Stuff breakfast, bread, eggs, milk,” said Stewart. “And cooking things to keep children occupied chips … chocolate, cake mixes, sprinkles. All you have to hunker down and weather. ”
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