There are a few good blogs discussing all the virtues of roof-raking and, of course, obligatory safety tips. Raking our roof began a few years back – I was instructed to position the ladder at the back of our home by the end of October and, with nature’s guidance, leave it there until late April. However, given the wild swings in temperature over the last few years both rain and snow fall throughout winter, which require taking in the ladder after each storm thus potentially eliminating icy buildup.
Taking safety seriously; a few of the less obvious tips are to remove icicles first, which may indicate problem areas and make certain pets are not within close proximity when these ice spears are launched. Additionally, if you’re positioning your ladder in a snow drift make sure to jump on the bottom rung a few times until you’re satisfied that a proper foundation has been established. While a gentle fall into a fluffy snow bank from fifteen feet up seems like the winter equivalent of jumping into a pile of freshly raked leaves; I can assure you with certainty the consequences are not particularly forgiving.
Dropping snow or raking snow from one elevation to the next, which in our case, the snow lands on two different rooftops before reaching the ground becomes more densely packed at each interval and far more difficult to move. By the time the snow reaches the ground I doubt whether or not a snow blower would be helpful – two years ago we employed someone to shovel a thirty foot snow bank eight feet tall away from the foundation to potentially prevent spring-melt water from penetrating our basement. Certainly a precautionary event, but definitely worth the investment – $1,000!