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Summer Heat and Mold

Summer Heat and Mold

Most people may find it hard to believe that summer can help mold grow. As a mitigation and restoration company, however, we have first-hand experience of how fast mold builds up in hot and humid summers.

Summer humidity and warm temperatures are the perfect conditions for mold to expand throughout your home. Once established, mold creates unsightly discolorations on walls, furniture, and floorings.

This, however, is the least of your worries. Extended exposure to mold spores may cause allergic symptoms such as sneezing, itching, coughing, watery eyes, runny nose, headache, fatigue, and more. Left untreated, mold can even increase a person’s sensitivity in the long term, causing health problems and allergic reactions.

If the problem has already spread, you need the help of mold experts like Valley Restoration and Construction to mitigate the problem and eradicate the mold. When mold has taken hold of an area, simple homemade cleaning methods are not strong enough to clean out the mold spores.

Prevention, though, is always better than remediation. Now that summer is upon us, here are a few useful steps you can take to help your home remain healthy, dry, and mold-free.

What Does Mold Need to Grow?

When thinking about mold, it’s good to remember that mold spores are everywhere. You can’t eradicate all the mold spores around you, simply because it’s impossible.

You can, however, make the surrounding conditions unfavorable to their development:

  • Mold needs warm temperatures, moisture, and something to grow on. The perfect temperatures for mold spores to grow are between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, which are pretty much the temperatures we have in most of the US in the summer.
  • Mold also requires humidity. Puddles, humid air, steam, and other sources of humidity help mold spores thrive.
  • Finally, mold needs something to feed on. That is usually paper, wallpaper, cardboard, insulation materials, and wood. Very often, mold settles on dust and dirt.

Summer Heat and Humidity

Warm summer temperatures are great for outdoor activities, BBQs, and other fun events. Unfortunately, they are also perfect for mold.

Summers in the US are often accompanied by high relative humidity. When the outside air is too humid, it inevitably enters our homes. Together with warm temperatures, these are the perfect conditions for mold to spread.

How Can I Prevent Mold Buildup in the Summer?

Ventilate Your Home

Proper ventilation allows air to flow in and out of your home. You should be particularly careful about ventilating rooms that, by nature, produce a lot of steam and humidity, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Make sure your fans work properly and turn them on when you are cooking or taking a shower. If you don’t have any exhaust fans in your home, perhaps it’s a good idea to install them to help air circulate freely.

Use Your A/C

Your A/C unit will bring down the temperatures in your home and lower the humidity levels. These together will make the conditions harder for mold to grow.

You shouldn’t run your A/C too low, though. It is generally recommended to have a home ambient temperature of around 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Install a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier will take away excess humidity from your home. Pleasant internal relative humidity levels hover between 30% and 50%. Anything above these levels feels uncomfortable and stifling—and is also a great breeding ground for mold spores.

You can install a central dehumidifying system to maintain a steady humidity level in your home. A more economical solution may be to buy a portable one, which captures water in a tank.

Don’t Dry Your Clothes Inside

You should either use a dryer or air-dry your clothes outside if possible. When you dry your clothes inside, the air that evaporates lingers in your home and increases the overall relative humidity of your home.

When using your dryer, make sure the area is well ventilated so that steam doesn’t stay trapped inside.

Improve Your Insulation

Good insulation will ensure that all your rooms and areas have a relatively constant temperature. Attics and basements are particularly vulnerable to hot temperatures in the summer and cold temperatures in winter.

Mold loves to grow in inaccessible parts of your home such as behind the bathtub, in the attic, the basement, the crawl space, or behind cabinets. Good insulation will provide consistent temperatures and low humidity levels.

Should I Open a Window?

It is a great idea to open a window and let fresh air flow in as long as the external relative humidity is not above 60%, otherwise you are simply bringing humidity into your home.

As a rule, you should keep your windows closed when it’s raining, as excess humidity will enter your home. Alongside warm temperatures, excessive humidity will make mold spores happy.

Make Sure All Leaks Are Fixed

Mold buildup gives you an extra incentive to be diligent with your roof, spouts, and drains. Check your gutters regularly for leaks and fix any blockages so that water doesn’t enter your home. Also, check your downspouts. Once a year, you should check and fix your roof as well, to avoid water leaks in the winter.

Valley Restoration and Construction for Mold Mitigation and Remediation

If, despite your best efforts, mold has taken hold of your home, contact Valley Restoration and Construction online or call us at 970-964-4437 and we will be there to remedy the problem. We are available 24/7 and serve all the areas on the Western Colorado Slope, including Montrose, Gunnison, Grand Junction, Delta, Telluride, and Durango.

 

Preparing for Spring and Summer Storms

Preparing for Spring and Summer Storms

Spring can be a lovely season: average temperatures, blooming flowers, and nature at its best. Unfortunately, it also comes with storms and heavy rain showers that can cause water damage to your Colorado home.

As always, prevention is better than repair. Once winter is over in your area and before spring and summer storms make an appearance, take a look around your home and make sure you are well prepared for heavy rains and winds.

Starting from top to bottom, check your roof, shingles, windows, doors, and gutters. Then, head to your yard to ensure all furniture is secure and all tree branches are sturdy.

Repair Any Winter Damage from Ice and Snow

Winter can be heavy and taxing on your home. Ice and snow can break your shingles or create cracks on your roof, around your windows and doors.

Once the snow has melted, repair any ice damage. Inspect your shingles and change any tiles or shingles that bear signs of damage. Confirm that your roof is insulated and no water can enter your attic.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

The wind carries debris like branches and leaves. These can clog your gutters and downspouts. Clean them properly so that water can flow freely toward the drains.

Rainwater should be directed from your roof down the gutters and downspouts and into the drains, which should be located far away from your home. If your gutters and downspouts end too close to your home, consider extending them to drive the water away from your home and its foundation. That way, water will not linger and seep into your basement.

If possible, change your gutters and downspouts to steel from aluminum or vinyl. Steel is stronger and can better withstand strong winds and hail.

Make Sure Your Sump Pump Works Properly

If you have a sump pump in your basement, make sure it works properly and can pump water away from your home. Remember that when snow and ice melt in spring, the water table rises. That makes your basement more vulnerable to flooding.

If your sump pump runs on a battery, check that the battery is fully operational.

Remove Branches and Clean Your Yard

Rain and winds can break branches and harm your home. With leaves about to come back, check your trees and cut any branches that are too close to your home. You should also cut branches that are limping or look weak: they are the first to break and could damage your yard or home.

Is Your Garage Door Sturdy?

Many accidents happen when garage doors fail to withstand high winds that push against them. Garage damage is one of the first setbacks after a storm.

Ask a professional to rate your garage door and, if necessary, consider changing your garage door to a sturdy one that will not break from heavy winds.

Repair Loose Siding

Wind and rain can tear away any loose siding and cause damage to your home’s foundation and overall structure. If you have loose siding, you may need to tighten it. Repair the problem before summer storms worsen the damage.

Secure Patio Furniture

You don’t want to see your summer chairs and table fly away during a storm! They can break or even crack your windows. Secure your patio furniture in your shed or place any movable items in your basement. Make sure that any rakes, shovels, and other tools in your garden are also secured.

Are Your Fence Posts Solidly in the Ground?

Colorado’s strong winds can pull out fence posts if they are not solidly set in the ground. Take a stroll around your property, check your fence posts, and fix any wobbly posts.

Consider Flood Insurance

Now that the storm season is almost upon us, it is a good time to check your homeowner insurance and make sure you are covered for all emergencies. Sometimes, flood insurance is not included in your contract, and some insurance packages will not cover sewage flooding.

If your home sits in an area prone to flooding, make sure that your home insurance covers you in all eventualities. Water damage mitigation and restoration in Colorado can be costly, while a small increase in your insurance premium could protect you from expensive repairs.

Valley Restoration and Construction in Colorado

Should your home suffer water damage from spring storms, our mitigation and restoration teams in Montrose and Gunnison, Colorado are available 24/7 to help your home recover any damage. We work with your insurance to help you manage your budget.

Call us at 970-964-4437 or contact Valley Restoration and Construction online and we will be there right away to limit the water damage and start fixing your home.

What Is Water Extraction and What Is Water Mitigation?

What Is Water Extraction and What Is Water Mitigation?

There are so many reasons that can cause water damage: floods, heavy rains, a burst pipe while you are on vacation, drainage problems, or snow melting and seeping through your basement. Whatever the cause, it is devastating to see water flooding your home.

The best thing to do when water damage happens in your home is to call a mitigation and restoration company like Valley Restoration and Construction right away. Our first task will be to extract the water, evaluate the damage, and move on to mitigation and restoration.

It only takes 24 hours for fungus and mold to develop where water is stagnating. Not to mention that hidden water is the perfect setting for mold to settle in. That is why water extraction is crucial for the soundness of your home’s structure and for mitigating further damage.

If you wonder what water extraction entails and how it differs from water mitigation, this guide will help you better understand the work we do here at Valley Restoration and Construction.

What Is Water Extraction?

Water extraction involves the removal of water from your home. It needs specialized equipment like pumps, dry systems, and vacuums that pump water out of floors, ceilings, and walls. Once the water has been extracted, we can move on to emergency water mitigation to make sure the building is safe.

An emergency such as a flood can fill your home with immense quantities of water. A normal mop and bucket simply can’t tackle such problems. That’s why you need professional equipment and an experienced crew.

What Do You Do In Water Extraction?

Here is the process we follow here at Valley Restoration & Construction during water extraction:

1.       Stop the Water

The first step is to determine the source of the damage and stop any more water from coming into the house. For example, you must first turn off the water at the mains in case of a burst pipe. Only then can you move on to fixing it.

2.       Check Electricity Circuit and Sockets

Water and electricity don’t mix well. Our professional crews will check sockets and wires to make sure they were not damaged from water, otherwise you are at high risk of a shock.

3.       Extract the Water

Once electricity has been tackled, we start pumping water out of the home or building. We use specialized equipment, such as pumps that take water outside and professional vacuums that extract water and store it in a tank. We also use dry systems and other tools to pump out the water.

4.       Water Extraction from Hidden Spots

The problem with water is that it’s not only found in visible spots but in hidden ones as well. Water can hide in the ceiling, under the floor, or behind drywall and walls in general. The last thing you want is for your ceiling to cave in from water damage.

We use infrared cameras to look through walls as well as moisture detectors to find whether water is lingering in invisible spots. We also use fans to evaporate water from the smallest spots in your home.

5.       Drying Moisture

If a bucket of water falls on the floor, you pick up a mop and remove it. You must have noticed, however, that some moisture remains on the floor until it slowly evaporates. The same happens when large quantities of water flood your interior.

While we extract the largest proportion of water, there will be residual moisture lingering around. This moisture is sufficient for mold to develop, which is why we need to dry it out as fast as possible. We use special fans and dehumidifiers to drive away the last remnants of humidity from your home.

6.       Deodorizing

The musky smell of moisture is perfect for the woods in fall but rather unpleasant in your home. A proper water extraction schedule includes deodorizing the area with foggers and approved chemicals. The aim is to eliminate any residual smells and odors from the water damage.

What Is Water Mitigation?

Once the water has been extracted, it is time for water mitigation.

What’s the difference between water mitigation and water extraction? Water mitigation comes after water extraction and aims at limiting the damage from the water. Unsalvageable items are thrown away, while those that can be professionally cleaned and repaired are removed from the property to be properly restored.

If drywall has sustained water damage, our water mitigation crew will remove the parts that have been wrecked because they are dangerous for the stability and safety of the house.

Likewise, hardwood floors are very sensitive to water damage. No matter how fast and thorough water extraction was, your wooden floorboards may have sustained damage. They can bend, crack, buckle, or cup, thus creating an uneven floor. Stains may also appear on parts of the wood that absorbed water. Water mitigation will remove any floorboards that are beyond repair.

Wooden window frames and doors can be damaged by water as well. The purpose of water mitigation is to remove those beyond repair and board up the windows to protect the home from intruders and further damage.

Water mitigation includes all the professional steps to limit the damage and stabilize the situation before a restoration crew can come in and start installing windows, doors, and floors. Water mitigation will help retain your home’s structural integrity and protect its foundations.

Once your house has dried completely, our VRC restoration professionals will start rebuilding it to welcome you home again.

Valley Restoration and Construction is your Montrose, CO, restoration company. Call us first at 970-964-4437 or contact Valley Restoration and Construction online and we will start our water extraction immediately. We work with your insurance to help you manage your budget!

 

How to Spot Signs of Water Damage When You Buy a Home

How to Spot Signs of Water Damage When You Buy a Home

Are you ready to buy the house of your dreams? Before signing the contract, make sure the house doesn’t show signs of water damage.

Water can damage the structure of your home. Leaks and broken pipes may require expensive repairs, and water damage can cause the development of mold, which is dangerous for your health.

Before embarking on your life as a homeowner, it is good to take a detailed look into your prospective home for signs of past—or present—water damage. If you don’t know where to look and how to check, here is a brief guide to help you spot any signs of water damage.

Check the Land and Where the Home Stands

If you are buying a single-family home, check the land surrounding the house. Is the home situated at the highest point of the land or is it placed at the bottom, where all the water will gather?

Your prospective home should be located at the highest point to let water flow downhill without damaging the basement or the foundation of the house. This way, it will experience less humidity and have fewer opportunities for water damage and stagnant waters.

Check for Water Puddles and Look at the Gutters and Downspouts

While you are looking at the house from the outside, notice the state of the gutters and the downspouts. Are the gutters clean and well-maintained? Are they securely attached to the roof and walls?

Likewise, check the downspouts and where they direct the water. How are the drains? Do they lead the rainwater away from the house?

You want to ensure that the pipes, drains, and gutters divert all water away from the house to minimize damage and humidity.

Water puddles around the house are signs that water stagnates there. If water sits there, it can slowly enter your basement and damage the house’s foundations.

Are All Roof Shingles Intact?

Missing, cracked, or damaged roof shingles mean that water may seep into the attic and cause damage. Make sure the roof is well-insulated and that all shingles are intact. Otherwise, you will have to budget for roof repairs.

Do the Ceilings Have Water Stains or Rings?

Once inside the house, look up and check the ceilings. Do they have water stains? Water rings and stains are signs that moisture is trapped in the ceiling. They are usually more obvious at the corners of ceilings, so check carefully the ceiling’s full length.

Walls that have been water-damaged can also display water stains, so be sure to check those as well. If you spot any, ask the current owner whether it’s an ongoing water leakage or a past one. If it’s a past one, make sure it has been addressed properly.

Inspect All the Plumbing around the House

Water is distributed in your home through the plumbing system pipes. You may notice water damage and leakages along their path.

Check the pipes all around the house: in the cabinet under the sink, around the bathtub, and behind faucets. Look for watermarks, discolorations, mold, and any sign that water has damaged these areas. For instance, a wooden cabinet that has been water-damaged will show warping signs on the wood.

How Does the Floor Look?

A flood can seriously damage a wooden floor. Are there any soft spots on the floor? Is the floor warped or cracking? Do you see any discolorations? Are the floorboards uneven? If the floor is tiled, are there any loose tiles or tiles that seem to be elevated compared to the rest?

All of the above can be signs of water damage and should be further inspected.

Remember to lift any rugs and check the state of the floor underneath as well. Sometimes, rugs are placed strategically by house owners to hide previous water damage.

Smell Your Way Around the House

Some homeowners may fit a room with a carpet to hide water damage. While it may be easy to fool the eye, it will be much harder to hide the scent of mold. Your nose won’t lie to you. Smell your way around the house. Mold has a musky scent that we can all easily discern. Walk around the house, focusing on the bathroom and kitchen where most of the plumbing is found.

If you can smell mold, it means that humidity or water is trapped somewhere in the walls, floors, or ceilings.

Attics and Basements

Water usually enters a house from the roof or the ground. Attics and basements are the most exposed areas of a home and the places where moisture, leaks, and water damage will be most evident.

Take a look around the attic and the basement and notice any water damage. In the attic, water damage will be more obvious around the ceilings. In the basement, it will be more evident near the floor.

Note Any Icicles Hanging from the Roof

If the area where you are planning to buy a home has frequent and heavy snowfall, check for any icicles hanging from the roof. Although they are very beautiful to look at, they are also a sign of ice dams and suggest that the house, especially the attic, is poorly insulated.

Flaking Paint and Damp Walls

Paint sometimes peels away, giving you the perfect excuse to change the color of the room. If, however, you see paint flaking away in significant quantities, you could be facing water damage and humidity inside the wall.

Run your hand along the wall’s surface. Does it feel damp or loose to the touch? If so, humidity may be trapped somewhere behind the paint or wallpaper.

Check Metals and Water Heater

Metals rust in the presence of water and constant humidity. Check any metallic items, such as radiators or door handles, to see if they are rusty. Also check the water heater for signs of rust. If there has been a water leak from the hot water heater sometime in the past, the water will have corroded the metal, causing it to rust.

If You Find Water Damage, Call Valley Restoration and Construction

Valley Restoration and Construction are available 24/7 to mitigate, repair, and reconstruct your home. Should you need to restore your home after water damage, call 970-964-4437 or contact Valley Restoration and Construction online.

How to Stop Your Pipes from Freezing

How to Stop Your Pipes from Freezing

Winter is lovely as long as you have water, heat, and power in your home. Winter becomes a problem when a frozen pipe obstructs the flow of water through your home. Not only do you lack water in your house but a frozen pipe can burst, causing property damage and flooding.

It is best to prevent your exposed pipes from freezing during a cold snap or prolonged cold weather. If your pipes do freeze, you must thaw them to allow the water to flow again. If you can’t locate where the ice blockage has occurred, you should contact a licensed plumber.

Preventing frozen pipes takes a little bit of preparation in the fall and winter but doing so as part of winter-proofing your home is well worth it to ensure the comfort and safety of your home.

What’s a Frozen Pipe?

A frozen pipe means that water has frozen inside it. As frozen water expands, it blocks the passage of running water at a particular section of the pipe resulting in no running water.

How Does a Pipe Freeze?

Water freezes when it’s cold outside. Homeowners should be careful when outside temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit as this is when pipes start freezing. Freezing depends on the location of the pipe, its exposure—northern exposure means colder temperatures—the prevailing wind, and the elements in general.

Even cold wind can freeze a pipe when it is uninsulated and exposed, so don’t dismiss it.

Where Do We Find Frozen Pipes?

Most accidents due to frozen pipes happen in basements, garages, attics, crawl spaces, around the swimming pool, or in exposed areas of your home where pipes run. That includes even kitchen cabinets: if your kitchen or bathroom cabinets get too cold, the pipes there can eventually freeze.

What’s the Problem with a Frozen Pipe?

The first obvious problem is that water freezes, there is an ice blockage, and your home doesn’t have running water.

A more important problem is that a frozen pipe can burst a pipe due to the pressure from the ice. When water freezes, it expands and applies pressure to the pipe. Water pipes are not usually made from flexible materials and can break when ice forms. A broken pipe will cause flooding. You then need to repair the pipe and fix the water damage on floors, cabinets, and walls.

How Do I Know a Pipe Is Frozen?

The easiest test is when you turn on the tap and no water comes out. This signifies an ice blockage in your pipe that stops the water from flowing freely.

Sometimes you might also get unpleasant smells coming from the drain or faucet. The ice blockage doesn’t allow smells to go down the drain and their only way is back up toward the house again.

How Can I Prevent a Frozen Pipe?

Prevention is always better than repair. It can cost you significantly more if a frozen pipe bursts in your home. You will have to call a restoration company to repair the damage and fix your pipes. It is always best when homeowners avoid damage to their homes!

Insulate Your Exposed Pipes

The most efficient way to prevent frozen pipes is to insulate them, especially those that are exposed in your garage, attic, basement, crawl space, and outside. If you have pipes that get very cold behind your kitchen cabinets, insulate those as well. Insulation will keep the inside of the pipe at above-freezing temperatures and water will flow.

Let Your Faucet Drip

If you have an exposed pipe, you can let the faucet that is linked to this pipe drip a little when the weather is very cold. Running water is more difficult to freeze than standing water.

Close Your Garage Door

Your garage is cold. Don’t make it colder yet by leaving the door open. Even small temperature increases can make the difference between a frozen pipe and one that flows freely.

Keep Your Home Warm

You obviously like it to be nice and cozy at home in winter. However, some homeowners choose to lower the indoor temperature at night or when they leave their homes for work or for an extended period of time. You should keep your home temperature constant to prevent your pipes from freezing.

Seal Your Home Walls

If you have cracks in your walls or around windows and doors, seal them in the fall to prevent cold air from coming inside. This is particularly helpful in areas that are cold anyway like your basement or garage. There is no need to add frigid air to an already cold room.

Insulate Your Crawl Space

Insulate your crawl space by closing the vents to prevent cold air from coming in. Even temporary insulation can do the trick.

What Do I Do If My Water Pipes Are Frozen?

If your water pipes freeze, you will have to thaw them. Do not use anything with an open flame because you risk damaging your pipes or causing an accident. Instead, use an electric heating pad, hairdryer, portable space heater, or even a towel soaked in hot water that you renew frequently.

Once the pipe is thawed, you should have full pressure on your faucets. You will need to check carefully to see if the pipe has already burst: sometimes, the pipe bursts further down the line from the ice blockage.

Valley Restoration and Construction

Should you need help repairing burst pipes or restoring your home after water damage, contact us at 970-964-4437 or contact Valley Restoration and Construction online. We are available 24/7 and will be there right away to restore your home.

How to Remove Snow from Your Roof

How to Remove Snow from Your Roof

It is wintertime and snow is everywhere around you. As it piles up on your roof, it puts increased pressure and weight on the frame of your house. When the snow gets too heavy, you risk losing your house stability, leading to structural problems.

To prevent that, homeowners may need to relieve their roofs from the weight and damaging effects of snow. There are several ways you can do that. The safest way is to call an experienced crew, who will come with the proper equipment to clean up your roof from the snow.

If, however, you feel you prefer to clean your roof yourself, here are a few things to remember and some tips about how to remove snow from your roof in a safe yet effective way.

What Happens If Snow Builds up on My Roof?

A winter wonderland is certainly beautiful until you look up and realize your roof is creaking under a thick layer of snow.

Most modern structures have been designed to withstand significant weights on the roofs. Depending on where you live, the building code will determine how strong your roof should be and what types of loads it can bear. Obviously, homes in Florida have different building requirements than Michigan ones.

When the snow starts piling up dangerously on your roof, it can cause your roof to bend downwards, warping it where the load is heaviest.

Ice dams are an additional danger, potentially damaging your shingles and affecting roof integrity. Ice dams build up when there is poor insulation. The heat from inside the house shifts outward through the windows and doors and melts the snow. Because of the low outside temperatures, the melted snow turns into ice and hangs from the roof.

Ice dams can damage your gutters and singles. When more snow melts, it can’t find its way down the slope of the roof because the ice dams obstruct it. Water seeps under the roof shingles and can make its way into the house.

How Much Snow Is Too Much on My Roof?

Most modern houses can bear loads on their roofs of at least 20 pounds per square foot and up to 40 pounds per square foot. Older homes, which have been built with more lenient building codes, will probably be more sensitive to heavy loads on the roof.

A crucial factor that will help you determine if you need to remove the snow from your roof is the type of snow that has fallen.

Wet snow is heavier than dry snow. While dry snow weighs approximately 5 pounds/sq. foot, wet snow can weigh as much as 20 pounds/sq. foot. Ice is even heavier than wet snow and can weigh up to 57 pounds/sq. foot.

Generally speaking, and assuming that your home has been built to current building codes, your roof should be safe with up to four feet of dry snow or two feet of wet snow. Anything over that and the structural safety of your home could be compromised.

How Do I Know If There Is Too Much Snow on My Roof?

A practical and quick test to check if the snow weight on your roof is becoming dangerous is to test your internal doors. If your door opens freely without sticking to the floor, it means your roof is OK. Likewise, your windows should open unobstructed.

If, however, they are stuck, you hear creaking sounds, or you notice cracks around your windows and doors, then you should be concerned.

How Can I Remove Snow from My Roof?

Removing snow from your roof can be tricky. Much depends on the roof’s slope. Thanks to gravity, roofs with inclinations will get rid of the snow faster than flat ones.

If you feel that too much snow has built up on your roof and you feel concerned about your home safety, you can lighten up the weight by removing snow with a snow rake.

Snow rakes are like normal rakes, except for a telescopic handle that adjusts its length. The rake itself is equipped with a rubber squeegee that acts as a soft blade on the snow.

Standing on the ground, you can start raking your roof, starting from the edges and moving inwards, as far as the length of the rake’s handle allows you.

Here are a few tips to help you when you remove snow from your roof with a snow rake.

Don’t Stand under the Rake

Make sure you don’t stand right under the rake. As you take off the snow from the roof, it will land on your head. Besides freezing, snow is heavy and could hurt you.

Where Will Snow Fall?

Calculate where the snow will fall and make sure there are no cars, people, or pets where you expect the snow to fall off the roof.

Don’t Direct Snow onto Your Gutters

Be careful not to clog your gutters with snow, as it can freeze there and obstruct water from flowing freely. This could cause a flood.

Work a Little Snow at a Time

Work a little snow at a time. Snow is heavy, so rake off small patches of snow instead of big ones. Large chunks of snow will pack and create snow so heavy that it may be impossible to rake from the ground.

Don’t Use Metal Tools

Don’t use metal tools on your roof. Metal tools can scratch and damage your shingles and other roofing material.

Don’t Rake with Heavy Winds

Avoid raking the snow with heavy winds. It could displace the snow on the roof and put your safety in danger.

Be Careful with Auxiliary Buildings

Remember that auxiliary buildings like sheds have weaker structural frames. A little weight can endanger their stability. Make sure you rake them first, if possible, and don’t attempt to climb on these buildings: your weight could overload the roof and make it collapse. For the same reason, don’t load up snow on parts of your roof located over weaker structures, such as conservatories and garages.

Don’t Climb on Ladders

Slippery conditions and ladders don’t go well together. Don’t try to carry your snow rake up on a ladder to reach your roof. You could slip on icy rungs or fall off the ladder while maneuvering the rake. If you can’t reach deep enough with a rake, it is time to call a professional crew.

You Don’t Have To Rake All the Snow off Your Roof

Your roof has been constructed to bear substantial weight. You don’t have to rake all the snow off the roof, just the excess so that you lighten up the overall weight.

Also, you don’t want to rake directly on your roof’s shingles, or you could damage them. A couple of inches of snow on your roof won’t cause any damage.

Watch the Weather Forecast

Before you decide on clearing snow off your roof, take a look at the weather forecast. If more snow is predicted and you are already concerned about the existing snow on your roof, then it’s best if you take the existing load off your roof. If you don’t, more will build up and you will find it even more difficult to rake it, not to mention that it could eventually endanger your home’s stability.

On the other hand, if the weather forecast predicts warmer weather, perhaps you can wait for nature to melt the snow as long as you don’t have any signs of impending danger.

What If Clearing My Roof of Snow Is Too Much for Me?

Clearing your roof can be exhausting and even dangerous. If you feel that a simple raking technique won’t do it, contact a professional snow cleaning crew who will come with the proper equipment and know-how.

After the snow has melted, take a look at your roof and ensure that all the shingles are intact, the gutters are clear of debris, and the whole house is safe from rain coming in. Follow these tips to protect your home from ice damage and learn how to winter-proof your home.

Should you need help with clearing the snow off your roof, have a water emergency, or need water damage mitigation, contact us at 970-964-4437 or contact Valley Restoration and Construction. We are available 24/7 and we will be there to restore your home.