When snow falls quickly it tends to ice up at the base which can cause clogs in a gutter channel or downspout. The longer this snow is left untended the harder and thicker it becomes and you can’t always count on warmer weather to melt the snow and ice. The sooner you remove snow from your roof and gutters the better chance you have of preventing sagging gutters that are prone to further damage. If you plan to remove snow yourself use a sturdy ladder. Don’t try to shovel snow out by standing or lying on the roof since the slippery slope can be dangerous. Use a plastic hand shovel to scoop out the snow. Avoid using metal shovels since this can damage the gutter lining and cause cracks that will lead to leaks.
Snow should also be removed from your roof since the weight of excess snow and ice can cause certain sections to cave in. When removing snow from a roof use a plastic shovel to avoid scraping the shingles. Start at the peak of the roof and shovel down to push the snow over the ledge. When working on a roof always have someone nearby to help in case you should slip or fall. Never attempt an exterior home improvement project alone. If the snow is too heavy and you are having trouble shoveling don’t take chances. Contact CT Gutter and get professional emergency snow and ice removal that will leave your roof and gutter safe.