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Snow Creates Extra Weight, Problems for Roofs and Homeowners

While the roof collapse at 17 Munsell St. is a dramatic example of the impact that the weight of snow can have, homeowners still need to be aware of the problem.
While the roof collapse at 17 Munsell St. is a dramatic example of the impact that the weight of snow can have, homeowners still need to be aware of the problem.

When a home doesn't have good insulation in its attic, heat loss melts snow on the roof. However, that can help create ice dams at the edge of the roof and melting water can then back up and leak inside.

Thomas Shelp is the co-owner of Peranich and Shelp Construction. He says people need to be aware of how snow is melting.

"Use extreme caution. If you have a flat roof or exterior drains that are frozen, try to keep those clear," said Shelp. "Carports, decks, things that tend to hold a lot of weight; clean them off, make sure the water has a clear path off of the roof."

The rain that we'll have in the near future will also multiply the weight of the snow on the roofs of homes and carports around Greater Binghamton.
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