How to Safely Remove Snow from Your Roof

Home with snow on the roof

It’s been a while since we’ve received this much snow in Southern Idaho. Even though the weather has settled down, the snow seems to be sticking (especially to roofs!) It may be a chore you don’t want to tackle yourself, but the fact is that leaving snow for too long can pose problems. If an ice dam forms along the eaves, it can lead to water sitting on your roof. This is the same thing that happens when your gutters are blocked. Unfortunately, sitting water can cause structural damage, mold growth, and many other problems. That’s why it’s so important to keep your gutters clear and your roof free of ice dams.

Read on to learn how to remove snow from your roof — safely!


Wait for Good Weather

Idaho is famous for its high winds and unpredictable weather. Before you head out to clear your roof of snow, check the forecast. Don’t try and tackle this project on a day with heavy winds. Since this chore may take some time, avoid days with severely low temperatures. Finally, make sure that you aren’t going out on a day with slush and ice on the ground that could cause you to slip and fall!


Choose the Right Tools for the Job

The right tools can make a world of difference! Chisels, windshield scrapers, or metal shovels will damage your roof. The last thing you want is to accidentally tear off your shingles. There are plenty of tools and accessories out there specifically designed for clearing your rooftop. Check out this handy guide on the 7 Best Roof Rakes, it covers everything from standard roof rakes to scrapers.


Work from the Ground

If you’re not a professional roofer, you should try and clear your roof with your feet planted firmly on the ground! Roofers and snow removers usually have special safety equipment to prevent falls. Unless you have that equipment and know how to use it, the safest way to clear your roof will be to stand on the ground and use a long handled tool. Identify where the snow will land by clearing a small patch. This will be your safety buffer. Make sure you stand clear of this area while you’re working.


Find a Helper

Having a friend or family member help is much safer than tackling this project alone. If you need to use a ladder, they can hold it steady. They can also help spot any hazards, and help you in the event of an accident. If you don’t feel comfortable tackling the job yourself, call in a professional! This is especially true if you see that your eaves have formed an ice dam. These walls of ice can be dangerous, so you shouldn’t try and tackle the removal job alone.


Assess Your Roof’s Condition

Once you’re done cleaning away the snow, give your roof a quick visual inspection. If you notice any shingles peeling or missing, you’ll want to take care of them quickly. If you had an ice dam, inspect the walls inside and outside of your home in that area. An ice dam usually means that water has been sitting on your roof and it may have leaked inside. If this is the case and you notice water damage, give Elite Restoration a call! Our technicians are available 24/7 for emergency services.


The team at Elite Restoration is made of highly experienced estimators, supervisors, and IICRC certified technicians. We will evaluate any damage thoroughly and start the water damage restoration process swiftly.

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