Warmer Weather Means the Snow is Melting

February 11th, 2013

The winter months of February and March create an interesting time of year when winter slowly melts into spring during the day and then promptly freezes back into winter at night.  It is this cycle of bright, sunny, and relatively warm days followed by freezing nights that can create a dangerous flow of water and ice emanating from a home’s roof.

Throw in the occasional blinding snow storm as is common in late February and the situation can become extremely dangerous for a homeowner and their property.  Taking precautions, then, will become a priority of all homeowners.

In the mountains, the years’ worth of snow fall accumulates into one giant whole known as the snow pack.  The mountain snow packs are responsible for providing local rivers, streams, and lakes with their water throughout the year and are an indication of the level of water that will be available for the local populace.

Single-and-Double-Rail-Clamp-On-Snow-Fence-Nita-Lake-Lodge-Whistler-Canada-2011-16-300x225 (1)But these snow packs can also be extremely dangerous as they melt as they can degrade into perilous avalanche conditions and flash floods. In a similar way, snow packs that have formed on the home’s roof have the ability to come crashing down on to patios, decks, porches, driveways and walkways with the potential to cause great damage and destruction.

This damage can become a threat to people as well.  This is most commonly seen when melting snow during the day falls from the roof or driveway covering to the sidewalks and pathways below only to freeze when the temperature drops at night.

This process creates hazardous black ice conditions that can easily result in a slip and fall for anyone who passes by.  Keeping melting snow and ice on the roof has been proven to be safer for both the property and the homeowner themselves and can be accomplished by our professionally installed systems.