It won’t be long before the leaves blowing by your window are replaced by snow swirling around in your yard. Prairie winds and ever-changing climate conditions have made recent winters unpredictable. If your roof is older, and especially if it’s sustained some long snowy winters, it may be a good idea to check for weaknesses. ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip can field a team of professionals with disaster restoration experience if your home suffers a roof collapse. We will perform water removal from melted snow, as well as disaster repair and restoration for your home in DeKalb, Sycamore, or DeKalb County. But we’d rather you avoid the disaster in the first place.
Roof collapse due to heavy snow happens frequently enough that FEMA (Federal Emergency Disaster Agency) issued a report on the problem. Here are some things to look for that may indicate your home’s roof might not be up to the weight of the incoming snows:
- Doorways sagging or doors that don’t close
- Windows that don’t close or won’t open
- Cracks in plaster or drywall near the ceiling
- Any termite infestation, even if properly treated
- Attic remodeling projects that may have removed support beams
- Any indication of dampness or water stains on ceiling tile or attic ceiling
If snow has already fallen and it’s more than the 20 pounds per square foot that FEMA says your home can handle, you may hear creaking or cracking noises. That’s a very good sign that you need to get the snow off the roof before it’s too late. This can be done by snow removal contractors. They know how to do it safely and you can avoid any risk to yourself. If you try to do it yourself, use one of those long handled roof rakes that allows you to stay on the ground. Don’t get on the roof yourself. You may encounter a weak spot and start a collapse, or, most likely, fall off the roof and land in the hospital.
If you do have snow with high moisture content, no matter how low the accumulation, keep an eye on things. It’s not the amount of snow, but the weight that causes the damage. Fluffy snow can weigh three pounds per square foot, while wet snow can weight seven times as much. If you’ve ever lifted a shovelful of very wet snow, you understand the heavy burden your roof is asked to support for days or weeks.
If the worst does happen, we are ready to help with our professional disaster response team. ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip will handle board up and tarping, pack out of damaged items, water removal, and full disaster repair and restoration of your home in DeKalb, Sycamore, or DeKalb County. Call us today.