Safety Tips For Using A Roof Rake In Winter

9 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Excess snow on your roof can be problematic during the winter. Large amounts of snow on your roofing can crack shingles and lead to leakages. When ice underneath snow on the roof melts and begins sliding, it can end up in your gutter. This can result in ice dams that can tear down or damage your gutter. One simple solution is to use a roof rake to remove any excess snow that starts accumulating on your roof. However, care should be taken when using a roof rake, as you do not want to damage your roof or cause personal injury. Here are some safety tips to bear in mind when using a roof rake.

Thoroughly insect your roof before winter arrives

As soon as autumn ends, you should do a thorough inspection of your roof to make sure it is in good condition. Loose shingles will break off your roof when you use a roof rake to remove snow. This can cause unpleasant leakages to occur and make the roof worse off than it was before you raked it.

Be wary of large pieces of ice

Icicles can form in large areas of snow on your roof. You should apply extreme caution when attempting to remove these blocks of ice with a roof rake. Failure to do so could result in serious injury, as large blocks of ice tend to be very heavy and can come crashing down on you if you are not extremely careful. Examine the pitch of your roof carefully; the steeper the pitch the more likely that any ice and snow you rake off will head directly for you.

Protect plants and shrubs

If you have been growing plants or shrubs around the yard, then you can try to protect them before you rake ice or snow off the roof. Use a piece of ply board to cover plants or shrubs and apply caution when pulling down snow off the roof in order to prevent damage.

Know the location of power lines

Make sure you are aware of where power enters your home. Accidentally using a roof rake to snag a power line may not just leave you without power, but it may cause personal injury as well. Always remember to take special care around any areas of the roof where power lines enter the building.

Finally, be sure you have a solid rake that is free of rust and breaks. The best rakes are made from aluminum because it is sturdy enough to grip snow.