Contractors warn homeowners of roof collapse dangers

Mark Settlemyer, left, gets help clearing snow from the roof of his mother's house from Ken Wesley on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Lancaster, N.Y. Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes as officials tried to clear massive snow mounds with another storm looming. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Mark Settlemyer, left, gets help clearing snow from the roof of his mother's house from Ken Wesley on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Lancaster, N.Y. Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes as officials tried to clear massive snow mounds with another storm looming. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Roofs, porches, awnings and carports– each can and has collapsed when weighed down with heavy snow and rain.

And recent weather conditions have created the perfect scenarios for the collapses, as was the case Tuesday.

J.W. Roofing knows first hand how dangerous heavy snow can be both on the structure and the person trying to clear it out.

“Not only can it do ceiling damage, it can do damage in your walls. It can cause mold,” Robert Greene said.

Greene says the damage can be extensive, but as officials have warned there’s no easy fix.

“There’s really nothing you can do other than get the snow off the roof– if you can do it safely, which is very dangerous to do so I wouldn’t recommend that,” District Chief Rennes Bowers.

But people do try.

2 NEWS asked J.W. Roofing about one method that’s gaining popularity online.

It’s a homemade device with a pole and tarp to help to glide the snow off the roof.

But when Greene watched a video with this method he asked, “How many people have that pole? ‘You know, so you have to be very careful when you pull that off because of the weight of the ice. Also, it can rip your gutters down right with it. Not a safe way to do it.”

Officials and contractors agree, professionals should remove the snow from structures near or at your home.

J.W. Roofing estimates a standard job cleaning off snow and ice can cost anywhere from $200 to $500, depending on the size and danger of the job.

However, if you would like to do something proactive about clearing your roof or any structure, professionals say the best thing to do is call a contractor.

Other than that, Greene jokes that people should wait on Mother Nature when she melts the ice and snow, creating a safer environment to clear any blockage.

But no matter what Greene says he, “would not recommend this to anyone to get up on a ladder that is not properly secured– harnesses stuff like that because one slip of the ice and you know it can cause a lot of damage.”

If you’d like to contact J.W. Roofing, call (937) 520-5201 or visit the office at 4964 North Springboro Pike.

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