Monday, February 18, 2013

Beware of Too Much Snow on the Roof

Piles of snow on top of a home or business can lead to property damage, personal injury or even death.

Just three years ago, a Riverside man died when an awning collapsed on top of him because heavy snow had accumulated over the course of two major storms.

Given the forecast, Phillips and others are urging consumers to be aware that problems can arise after a storm passes. Heavy loads of ice and snow can create a number of issues with a home, including causing a roof to collapse, especially on flat surfaces, and springing a leak in a residence from ice dams that form on the edges of the roof and in gutters.

Too much accumulated snow and ice can result in a sagging ridgeline, drooping ceilings, jammed doors, cracked walls near the center of the home, and creaking sounds.

Also, South Jersey Gas is recommending that residents check their natural gas meters to ensure they are clear of snow and ice.

The gas pressure regulator vent needs to be kept dry and clear of snow and ice at all times to avoid the potential for dangerous indoor natural gas buildup, according to South Jersey Gas spokesman Dan Lockwood.

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