Most snow-related building losses typically occur at stepped elevations where blowing snow is carried from an upper roof down to a lower roof.
- Heavy and repeated snowstorms can create packed snow and ice conditions resulting in unusual and excessive snow loads of 50 p.s.f. or greater.
- Blowing and drifting snow can add to these loads
- Rain-on-snow can cause significant load increases
- These loads can be in excess of the design capacity of the building and can cause damage, collapse, or at worst, business interruption, injury and death.
What To Do
- Activate a snow watch and removal crew to monitor snow depths.
- Remove excessive snow/ice accumulation with snow rakes and a snow melt system.
- Keep drains and gutters clear of ice and snow to facilitate melting run-off. Ice build-up can cause excessive loads without great depths.
- Install heat tape in gutters and downspouts to eliminate ice build-up.
- Contact a professional who is equipped to deal with this type of situation.
- In many cases, the shoring of purlins or structural members is the most effective solution.
- If shoring is not feasible or possible, removing the snow or ice buildup may be sufficient.
- Large industrial heaters inside the building may also assist in melting rooftop snow and ice.
- The best method for dealing with a problem of this magnitude is prevention.
If you have questions about snow and ice loads, feel free to give J.A. Wagner Construction a call at 574-295-3761 or email Andrew Harman at Andrew@jawagner.com. We are happy to help you deal with Mother Nature and all she has to throw at us this winter.
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