Preventing a Roof Collapse this Winter
Winter storms can cause significant structural damage, including the possibility of a roof collapse. SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford recommends that homeowners as well as businesses have their properties inspected for any issues or signs of damage before the first winter storm.
Our restoration team often assists with water damage that is caused by roof leaks and other unexpected winter storm disasters. While storm damage can’t always be prevented, there are several steps you can take in order to avoid a roof collapse this winter.
- Inspect your roof for any issues such as wet roof tiles or leaks. Cracked or bent walls can also be a sign of a damaged roof.
- Insulate your attic properly. Doing so will help to melt the snow on your roof quickly so that it doesn’t accumulate too extensively.
- Do not allow the snow to collect too significantly on the roof. Too much weight can cause a roof collapse. A substantial amount can also cause the melting snow to leak into the property if there is structural damage.
- Snow should be removed from the roof carefully and in even layers from each side of the roof. This will maintain a consistent weight on the roof and prevent potential roof damage. Two to three inches of snow should be left on the roof since this will melt naturally and help to eliminate other issues.
- Remove all signs of dirt and debris from your gutters and drains. This will allow the water from the melting snow to efficiently flow away from the structure and prevent any form of water collection around the foundation.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford offers immediate assistance for water and storm damage in Southern Chester County. We provide services outlined by the IICRC in order to help restore our local community from damages including roof collapses, leaks and other forms of storm damage. We also immediately offer roof tarping and reconstruction services in order to fully repair or replace your damaged roof and other elements of your home or facility.