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      Tips for removing snow from your roof

      The snow keeps piling on, and that can cause grief for homeowners. Heavy snow and ice on homes can be straining on roofs. Contractor Dan Riutta said itâ??s necessary to remove the snow and ice before it becomes a real problem. â??If you leave the ice on the roof, it starts to build up where you get little ponds of water that builds up behind the ice, and youâ??ll actually get leakage,â?? said Riutta. In some cases, itâ??s best to call a professional to clear off your roof, but for those confident in their abilities, Riutta has a few tips and reminders. He said, first and foremost, your ladder should be jammed into snow rather than set on a hard, flat surface. â??If that ladder gives out from under you, thatâ??s one of the biggest risks, and thatâ??s just getting up on the roof, not to mention the actual removal process,â?? he explained. Itâ??s critical to stay away from the edge of the roof, as snow drifts can be deceiving, and he warns to be above your work to reduce the risk of falling. â??Never work underneath the ice,â?? Riutta cautionede. â??A lot of people will be working off a deck or a step ladder when theyâ??re trying to knock the ice. You want to get your body above the ice when youâ??re taking it off the roof.â?? Make sure your shoveling equipment is made of plastic, and keep an inch or two of snow left on the roof to protect the shingles. â??You donâ??t want to be scraping up against the shingles of your roof because the cold weather, the abrasion of the working on the roof, can be hard on the roof,â?? he added. When removing ice, Riutta uses a sledgehammer and lightly taps the surface to break up the ice before scraping it off. He also said to keep an eye on where youâ??re piling the removed snow and ice. When shoveling onto a deck, be sure to not pile on too much snow to avoid a break or collapse of the deck. Finally, Riutta warned when someone is on the roof, make eye contact with that person before walking underneath them to prevent any personal injuries from falling snow and ice. For more information, contact Dan Riutta at (906) 337-5764.