Tips on accumulated snow on roofs - KCTV5

Tips on accumulated snow on roofs

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The Overland Park Fire Department offers these tips regarding accumulated snow on roofs:

  • Houses are designed for and built to a 20 pounds per square foot snow loading
    in Overland Park.
  • Houses built with Steeper Roofs are less likely to have problems with collapse: those with slopes greater than 4 in 12 pitch. Snow does not accumulate in excessive depths.
  • Roofs less than a 4 in 12 pitch may accumulate excessive build up of snow in the valleys of the roof and should be "carefully" removed.
  • Removal of snow should be done very carefully.
    • Use a snow shovel, snow rake or come-a-long type of tool with a long or telescoping handle.
    • Do not walk on the roof..
    • Pull or shovel the snow down the slope of the roof. Do not shovel across or up the slope in order to avoid damaging the roof covering, i.e., shingles.
  • Signs of roofs experiencing excessive stress due to heavy loading may include
    but not limited to: cracking in ceilings and walls; excessive squeaking and cracking noises; visible movement from the outside.
  • If the structure is experiencing substantial or progressive movement, cracking or squeaking noises, vacate the structure.
  • For more detailed information you can contact the Building Safety Division at 913-895-6225. If you get a voice message, please leave your number so that the Plans Examiner of the day can contact you.

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