Every year, winter has a few surprises in store. Some are breathtaking, others are nothing but a headache! Unfortunately, certain weather conditions can lead to problems. Such is the case when large amounts of snow and ice build up on roofs, gutters, and car shelters. The weight can cause damage to vehicles and buildings and even result in collapse. We’ve put together a few tips to help you prevent problems.
Remove snow from your roof and car shelter
The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (French only) website explains how to safely remove snow from flat or sloped roofs. Whatever the shape of your roof, you should:
- Remove snow in stages rather than let it build up
- Stay on the ground and use a roof rake with a telescopic handle
- Use the proper fall protection equipment (harness and anchor point)
Remove snow on your car shelter from the outside, using a rake. Don’t push the snow off from the inside, as the structure might rip or collapse.
If ever you feel unable to tackle a snow removal task, leave it to a professional. It’s important to have peace of mind!
Prevent foundation leaks
Have you noticed cracks along your inside walls, near doors or on the ceiling? This could be a sign that you need to remove snow from the roof.
In addition, to prevent leaks be sure to remove snow buildup from the perimeter of your foundation, and remember to check windows, window wells, and downspouts.
Remove snow from access points
Ice and snow should also be removed from porches, steps, driveways, sidewalks, and emergency exits to prevent falls and make it easy to evacuate in an emergency.