Roof Collapse Danger

//Roof Collapse Danger

Roof Collapse Danger

With the heavy snow hitting most of America, millions of

buildings are at risk of a possible catastrophe. Further   Snow can add

severe stress to a building’s roof and support system. One

cubic foot of snow can add 20 lbs or more to a roofs

weight limit.   Most people don’t realize the risk until the danger

hits home. Locally we have seen many business and homes

have snow destroy their property. In one neighborhood four

roofs were destroyed . Our local Les Swab service

center had their roof collapse during business hours causing

massive damage. Senior citizens devastated by having their

carports roof collapse on their vehicles, and even needing EMS

to rescue them from a trapped vehicle.

In all situations, the roofs have seen snow come and go with no

issues, but this year is an exception with the heavy snowfall. What

could have be done to prevent an unnecessary disaster, even though

it was safe in the past?

Prior to a collapse, there are warning signs that can be

addressed before the snow falls.

Cracked or deformed steel or aluminum beams can be a roofs

weakest link. In one case the homeowner had a beam that was

bent from long ago, but failed when the weight and snow piled

up. as well as Once one beam fails, it is a domino effect bringing the whole

roof down. Further  Trapping you in your car or causing serious, even

fatal, injury.

Preventive maintenance

Preventive maintenance is your best bet to get through the

winter. Keep the gutters clear of debris and make sure your

downspouts are properly working and make sure the attic is

properly ventilated at the eaves.

It helps keep ice from damming up and allows snow to melt off.

Furthermore, Inspect the roof and look for areas that are visually deformed such

as a sagging roof. besides this  Look for bends or ripples to metal beams and posts,

these should be replaced or at least reinforced until a repair can be made.

For example, If you get the repairs done before the winter hits, it will save you in the

long run and ensure a piece of mind. Likewise, If you are already caught in the

middle of the storm then keeping a watchful eye on these areas and snow

removal is your best bet. If doing snow removal yourself, remove the unbalanced.

industrial hand tools

In the same way snow first, then in an even strip, pull the snow down to the gutter. Using ice melt or

as well as heat on the downspouts will help with any blockage that might occur.

Always use extreme caution and consider hiring a contractor or snow removal

service if you are not equipped to do the job safely.

By | 2019-06-24T15:26:02+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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