Roof & Gutter Concerns after the Blizzard
KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The snow and ice removal after the big blizzard isn’t limited to the ground. Many homes and businesses are getting their roofs cleaned. Experts recommend you take care of your roof concerns sooner than later.
The snow shoveling at Chapin Apartments Garage in Kingston you see might not be what you think. A team of shovelers is tackling the rooftop to rid it of nearly three feet of snow that accumulated this week. A next door business owner on Rutter Avenue watched the activity. “They’re removing all the snow off the roof here because they’re afraid of it caving in,” said Ray Corrigan of Impressive Auto Details.
Over on Pierce Street, the rooftop snow removal job at a dentist office may be smaller in scope but it’s the same big concern. “Everybody’s concerned my roof is going to cave-in. My awning’s going to cave-in,” said Roof Cleaning Pros & Pressure Washing Owner Donnie Evans. Saying the phone’s been ringing off the hook, Mr. Evans is trying to help customers avoid the damage that so much snow can cause. “It’s impacting the roof because of the weight and then when we get rain it’s going to be even heavier.”
Removing snow is only part of the job that remains up above following the big blizzard. There’s also plenty of ice hanging from gutters causing damage. That’s what Impressive Auto Details is dealing with. “The gutters filled up and our gutter came down. We had to hang it back up and right now we have to remove the ice on that gutter,” said Mr. Corrigan while pointing to another problem spot.
Melting roof snow can trigger ice dams that form on roofs and eaves and block gutters. An ice-filled gutter can rip away from the roof and take fascia, fasteners and downspouts with it. Mr. Corrigan said, “I was taking chunks probably about that thick around out of the gutter. I took a screwdriver and a hammer to do it real quick.”
Another gutter ice removal option is calcium chloride, rock salt or some other ice melt but depending on your roof you could risk stains, corrosion or worse. When in doubt, Mr. Evans said leave it to a pro. “It could probably save your roof. It could save, you know, tens of thousands of dollars of damage.”