Particularly for those of us who grew up in New England, we don’t tend to give a lot of thought to the right way and the wrong way to remove snow. As you’ll learn further on in this post, there’s also a right time and a wrong time to remove snow. Many of us have been shoveling snow since we were kids and trying to help mom and dad get their cars out of the driveway after a big winter storm. In most cases, no-one gave us much training on the “do’s and don’ts” of snow shoveling, and it’s even less likely that someone taught us the safe way to remove snow from a house roof or business roof. But, we’re never too old to learn something new, right?
To make sure all our South Shore MA and Greater Boston area neighbors stay safe this winter, we’re sharing tips & techniques for removing snow the safe way — whether it’s via a shovel or snow blower for driveways, paths, and sidewalks, or a rake for pitched residential roofs or commercial roofs.
SNOW SHOVELING AND SNOW BLOWING SAFETY TIPS & TECHNIQUES
- Snow shoveling takes a lot of strength, requires you to exert a lot of energy, and is hard on your joints and muscles. You wouldn’t go out and run a couple of miles or bench-press heavy weights if you hadn’t done so in the recent past, would you? You should take the same precautions when it comes to snow shoveling or pushing a snow blower. If you’ve been experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath, or suffer from heart-related or lung-related disease, allocate the chore of snow shoveling or snow blowing to someone who enjoys better health.
- If you are someone who is physically active and believe you are physically able to snow shovel or snow blow with limited risk of heart attack, be sure to adhere to the following when doing so:
- Don’t smoke or eat right before or while you are shoveling or pushing a snowblower
- Stretch well before you start your work, and then take it slow
- Shovel only light, fresh, powdery snow
- Push snow vs. lifting it; if you have to lift snow with a shovel, use a small one, or only fill the shovel part of the way — then, lift the shovel with your legs, not with your back
- Take frequent breaks, and don’t push yourself to the point of physical exhaustion; stay hydrated by keeping a bottle of water nearby
- Recognize the signs of a heart attack; put down the snow shovel, or turn off and step away from the snow blower, right away; then, call 911
- Never run a snow blower in an enclosed space, such as a garage, due to carbon monoxide poisoning risk
- Turn off a snow blower that has jammed — continuing to use it is not safe for a variety of reasons!
- Keep your hands away from your snow blower’s moving parts
- Wait until you and your snow blower are outside to add fuel, and never, ever add fuel to your snow blower while it is running
- Never, ever leave a running snow blower unattended
SNOW RAKING SAFETY TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Did you know wet snow weighs approximately twice as much as dry snow? While most South Shore Massachusetts, and New England home roofs and commercial roofs are designed to handle excess snow, there’s always a risk for structural damage when large quantities of wet snow pile up on your home roof or office roof. And, large, flat roofs pose an even greater risk.
Most city, state, and federal agencies who issue health & wellness guidelines will advise you not to go it alone when it comes to removing snow from your roof/roof raking. Therefore, they will advise you to hire a roofing professional like us; however, if you feel you must tackle removing roof snow on your own, at least recruit a friend or neighbor to help you, and adhere to the following safety measures:
- Never shovel or rake snow from a roof at a time when family members or other individuals working or living in your building may be exiting or entering the home, apartment building, or office building
- Use a snow rake for pitched roofs (available at most hardware stores) to remove snow from your pitched roof; start from the edge of your roof and work your way into the middle of the roof
- Attempt to shave the snow on the roof down, so that 2-3 inches of snow remain, instead of scraping the roof clean — scraping too deep/hard will risk damage to your shingles or other roof covering
- Keep in mind that any metal tool could conduct electricity if it touches a power line, so if there is any risk of your mistakenly hitting a power line with a metal tool, don’t use one; if not used by a professional, use of metal tools may damage your roof
- Shovel snow from flat roofs throwing the snow over the side and away from the building; as discussed in our blog post on preventing ice dams, keep gutters and drains free of ice & snow and keep downspouts clean at ground level
- Unless approved by a registered professional engineer, don’t add the weight of your body or that of a helper’s, or that of equipment to the roof
- Don’t use a ladder to remove snow from a roof since ice can build up on ladder rungs and the bottom of footwear, increasing risk of slipping
- Don’t use electric heating devices like hair dryers or heat guns to remove snow & ice; definitely DO NOT use open-flame devices to remove them
Regardless of the New England season, we’ve been helping South Shore Massachusetts and Greater Boston homeowners and business owners with their roofing needs and roofing challenges for many years — including ice dam removal and ice dam prevention. So, bring in the roofing experts when it’s required by contacting our residential roofing services and business roofing services company today!
Be sure to also check out our other “winter safety” blog posts:
- Ice Dam Prevention and Ice Dam Removal Safety
- Carbon Monoxide Safety
- Holiday Decorating Safety – Part 1
- Holiday Decorating Safety – Part 2
Many homeowners or owners of a commercial property delay putting on a new roof, partly because it’s not always the most exciting change or renovation to be making to a home or business. Let’s face it, sometimes, it’s just a lot more fun to be adding a new game room, patio, or screened-in porch to your house or updating your residential kitchen or bathroom. You can envision your family or friends enjoying themselves in, or complementing you, on the new space.
The above said, a new roof can give your home or business a whole new aesthetic, and totally update its look and feel. A new residential roof or commercial roof can also take a home or business from looking old and dated to looking more modern/current. And, even if the aforementioned isn’t a driver or reason for you to replace your residential roof or install a new commercial roof, the liability associated with an old roof should be!
So how do you know when it’s time to replace your residential roof or business roof if you’re not simply replacing it because you want to improve your property’s appearance. As residential roofing services and commercial roofing services experts with years of experience, we believe it’s time to replace your home roof or office roof when:
- Your home or business roof shingles are:
- curling at the edge
- cupping (the center of the shingle is concave or depressed, so the tile forms a cup)
- balding, i.e., there are spots where granules are coming off
- Your residential or commercial roof just looks really uneven, unattractive, worn, and/or old
- Your neighbors who built their homes at the same time as yours are replacing their roofs
- Your house’s or business’ roof is more than 20 years old
- And, this is the most obvious reason — your possessions and family get wet each time it rains because of a home roof leak or a commercial roof leak
We mentioned above the liability of not replacing a roof when it shows signs of needing to be. Replacing your residential roof or commercial roof, when you witness one or several of the above signs, will help you avoid:
- potential costly damage to your home or office furnishings/possessions and any lawsuits that could arise related to the aforementioned if you are renting out a home, apartments or office space.
- any family member, guest/visitor, or tenant getting ill or injured due to unhealthy conditions (think damp, cool, and mold-related ones), a roof collapse (from incidents such as not being able to support a large snow fall) or debris falling through your roof, and any associated lawsuits
- increases in energy costs due to cold air or heat seeping through any holes in your roof
- insects, rodents, and small animals, like raccoons, entering your home or office through roof holes
- an even more costly roof replacement down-the-road because of extensive damage from delaying replacing your home or commercial roof
- a large decrease in your property value
Still not sure whether 2020 should be the year you replace your roof or already know that is? Contact our South Shore MA roofing company/roofing contractors today for an assessment and quote.
South Shore Roofing wishes all our readers, clients, prospective clients, and friends and family a very safe, healthy, adventurous, and prosperous new year.
It’s been two days of strong winds and snow in the New England region, as we write this post, and a good reminder to all of us living in the Region, and particularly, those living on Boston’s South Shore or in some other New England coastal area, that we should always make sure we’re well-prepared for a power outage. Unfortunately, this somewhat common winter power-outage circumstance can leave businesses and families without heat, electricity, and/or communication services for one or many days.
Most of us hardy New Englanders and those who live on Massachusetts’ Eastern coast know how un-fun and un-safe (particularly for the elderly, young children, and those who are ill) not having power in the late fall and winter can be. Homes and businesses can get cold really quickly in our colder temps, perishable food like meat and dairy can go bad, and one can easily trip or get physically hurt for other reasons when you can’t see your way around your house or office after the sun goes down. Why not avoid, or at least minimize, all the aforementioned possible unpleasant — and potentially dangerous — impacts of a winter storm power outage by taking the following preparation steps.
Steps to Prepare for a Power Outage:
I. Ideally, weeks before a winter storm may hit and knock out power in your area:
- Make sure your home, business, and pipes will be bundled up — Employ insulation, caulking, and weather to prevent cold from seeping into your home or office. Learn more about keeping pipes from freezing.
- Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and purchase extra batteries to have on hand for them. As we discussed in our most recent blog post, cold weather, in general, increases the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.
II. In the days leading up to a predicted winter storm:
- Think like a camper — purchase candles, flashlights, and battery-operated lanterns if you don’t already own some, and be sure you have matches and the right-sized batteries on hand for the aforementioned items. You may also want to purchase a radio if you don’t have one, and have batteries on hand for it.
- Go nuts — if you don’t already have a decent supply, stash up on high-protein packaged items like nuts, canned goods like tuna fish, and jarred food like peanut butter that don’t require heating, and therefore, a power source. You’ll also want a good supply on hand of other non-perishable items like crackers, and a loaf or two of bread that should stay fresh for a number of days.
- Act like a thirsty person — keep an extra supply of bottled water on hand and ask those you live with not to drink it, so it’s there when you need it!
- Go down the family member checklist — make sure that any needs related to a family members’ physical and emotional health challenges will be met during a storm time frame when roads may not be drive-able or pharmacies open. Be sure family members have a sufficient supply of any prescription or over-the-counter medications or other treatments they may need to maintain their health.
- Seek out the warm, comfy, cozy stuff — to prevent having to do so in the dark, identify where you’ve stored any thick blankets, sweaters, and socks for yourself and family members and consider moving them to a more accessible place. For example, if your surplus of blankets is stored in a basement closet that would require you to go down a set of stairs in the dark during a power outage, why not move them upstairs for the winter?
- Don’t forget furry family members — make sure you have plenty of food in the house for your pets, whether they be four-legged creatures or ones that swim in a bowl or tank.
- Fill up your tank — speaking of tanks, in case you need to vacate your home or business (that is if roads and weather conditions make it safe to travel) to stay at a shelter like a school, a friend’s or family member’s home, or a hotel, make sure you have plenty of gas in your car. And, related to cars, be sure to purchase and keep a cell phone charger that works in your car should you need to recharge your phone and are able to make it safely to your car to do so.
We’re always here to chat with you about ways to keep your roof, home, business, and family warm & safe this winter, but be sure to also check out our other “winter safety” blog posts:
While we’re South Shore MA roofers who specialize in safety related to your residential roof or commercial roof, we want to do all we can to keep our New England neighbors safe on a variety of home and business fronts, regardless of the season! So, we’re sharing another in a series of posts related to home and business safety.
During the months of winter, how many times have you listened to the news and learned of a family that was made deathly ill, or that even perished, from Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning? We always think such a thing could never happen to us, but that’s only true if we take the necessary precautions to keep our homes and businesses CO-safe, particularly during the months of winter when CO Poisoning impacts the largest number of individuals.
Why are CO-related deaths and emergency room visits so high in December, January, February and March? Due to extremely cold temperatures and/or power outages, more people use gas-powered furnaces and well as use inside their homes or offices alternative heating sources that weren’t meant to be used inside or in an enclosed space –- sources like charcoal grills or propane stoves and grills.
So, before snow starts accumulating and icicles start forming, and as you make preparations for the holidays and associated celebrations and visitors, add these to your to-do list:
- Buy a battery-powered or battery back-up CO detector if you don’t already have one – one for every level of your home – and set them up there.
- Unless you’ve had one in the last nine months, schedule a check-up with a qualified technician for your heating system, water heater, and other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances.
Once and while snow is in the air, on the ground, and on your roof, be sure to adhere to the following on an ongoing basis:
- Keep vents and flues free, i.e., unblocked – whether it be from any kind of debris, snow or ice. This means furnace vents, intake valves and chimneys should be kept snow-free.
- Related to what we shared at the beginning of our blog post, never burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented.
- Even when bitter cold or power outages hit, never use a hibachi, charcoal grill, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper. If it’s too cold to stay in your home, go to emergency shelters or centers set up by your town, such as a school.
- Never heat your home with a gas stove.
And, regardless of the time of year, make sure you follow these CO Poisoning Prevention Guidelines:
- Never run the motor in your car, truck, or other vehicle in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.
- Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine less than 20 feet from an open window, door, or vent – you don’t want exhaust to vent into an enclosed area.
- The same guideline above for the same machinery/vehicles/tools above apply to a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure. Keeping the doors or windows open may not be enough to prevent CO poisoning. So don’t risk operating the aforementioned in these spots.
- Recognize these symptoms of CO poisoning, including dizziness, light-headed-ness, and nausea.
- Any time you suspect CO poisoning, or your CO detector sounds, leave your house or business, and call 911 or a health care professional right away.
Remember Carbon Monoxide Is An Odorless and Colorless Gas, So When In Doubt, Have Your Home or Business Checked Out! And, Be Sure to Read About What You Can Do on the Ice Dam Prevention and Ice Dam Removal Fronts to Keep Your Family Safe This Winter!
Many home and business owners wait to call an expert, like us, until an ice dam forms and causes a lot of damage to their real estate property. When water damage associated with ice dams occurs, not only is it quite costly to remove and replace furniture, carpeting, wood floors and other home and commercial property furnishings, it can also really put an emotional and physical damper on the holidays – particularly, if such damage leads to families and guests being displaced from their home or becoming ill, celebrations being cancelled, and thoughtfully purchased gifts and sentimental decorations ruined.
If you’re like most home and business owners, in addition to investing in a nice home and/or business and holiday decorations and gifts, you’ve likely also invested in expensive TVs, computers, and other technology that would be costly to replace if they became water-damaged.
As we explained on our roof maintenance services page, ice dams form when temperatures on your winter roof become uneven. You can greatly minimize, and even eliminate, the occurrence of non-uniform roof temperature – and resulting ice dam formation – by:
- Sealing off any areas in your home or business that allow warm air to travel from living or working spaces to your roof – in other words, you can cut off heat’s escape route.
- Insulating your living and working areas so that heat does not enter or leave through your ceiling.
- Ventilating the space between insulation and your home or commercial building so that any heat that has made its way through won’t continue its journey to your roof.
If you haven’t already addressed the above, take steps today to protect your most valuable assets – your family, your home, and your businesses. Keep them, and priceless items like holiday decorations that have been in your family forever, warm and dry. Contact us today for a complimentary discussion of how we can help you identify and execute the right steps for you to take related to your particular property’s situation. We’ll help you keep your family, home, and business safe this holiday season, so be sure to check this off your holiday “to do” list!
Where did the year go? We can’t believe Halloween in New England is just around the corner! So that each and every ghost, goblin, Spiderman, and princess who visits your home enjoys a fun, safe Halloween, we’re sharing the below tips for making your place halloween-safe — for both your family and your visitors.
- Don’t Make Halloween Extra/Unnecessarily Scary — remember to turn off any alarm systems, so children aren’t frightened by the loud sounds or bright lights that might greet them when they approach your door.
- Keep Your Pets’ Halloween Celebration Separate — be sure your pets are in a room or area where they won’t be aware of or startle guest visitors and visitors won’t frighten your beloved pets.
- Prevent Falls and Fright — sweep and rake paths and walkways that children may travel to reach your front door. Don’t let a fall ruin their Halloween fun or cause a Halloween freak-out due to children not knowing what they just stepped on!
- Clear The Way For Visitors — related to the above, make trick or treaters feel wanted and welcomed by not placing on the route they will likely take to your doorway Halloween decorations or other items that they might bump into or trip on. If there are any bricks or pathway stones that are sticking up or broken that could contribute to a visitor’s fall, fix them before the big night! Same goes with any stairs trick or treaters may have to climb.
- Make It a Bright Fright Night — be sure to have outside lights turned on. This will alert trick or treaters that you welcome their visit, prevent any trips or falls and just make your young visitors feel safe.
- Paaahk the caahh in the garage — for those non-fellow-Bostonians, that’s park the car in the garage! Not only will parking your car make your driveway more accessible to trick or treaters, it should mean you and your car won’t be the victim of any possible neighborhood Halloween high jinks such as egg throwing!
- Light The Way With LED — never use lit candles to outline or light the path to your door or use them in decorations in any parts of your yard or home that trick or treaters might visit. There is too much risk that the long tail of a ghostly visitor or the long sleeve or hair of a Cinderella visitor might dangle over a candle and catch on fire.
We wish everyone a safe, festive, fun, and bewitching Halloween!
When you need a full roof replacement in Duxbury, MA and the surrounding areas, don’t just go with any contractor. You want a contractor who listens to your needs, communicates effectively with you, and helps you choose the right solutions for your individual roof. When you work with South Shore Roofing, you work with a team who is dedicated to getting the job done right the first time, and keeping the homeowner in the loop so that they know exactly what they are getting with our services.
Licensed, Insured, Experienced
Our team is trained and experienced in the handling of any roofing situation imaginable. We know roofing like the back of our hand, and we prove it in our craftsmanship. Our contractors are also fully licensed and insured for our safety and yours.
We take the time to listen to your needs, and communicate everything we do for you in detail. When you work with us, you will always know exactly what is going on with your roof, so you know you’re not being ripped off. We perform each project with honesty and integrity.
When you work with other contractors, you may need to spend extra money cleaning up after an improperly installed roof replacement. South Shore Roofers gets the job done correctly the first time, so you don’t waste your money on costly repairs in the future. Our preventative roof maintenance can also help you save money in the long term by extending the longevity of your roof.
Functionality and Curb Appeal
We understand that residential roofing needs to be both beautiful and functional. Our services can help you improve the curb appeal of your home by installing a beautiful and sturdy new roof.
When you need roof replacement or repairs anywhere in New England, trust the team that gets it right the first time, every time. Contact South Shore Roofing today for your free consultation.
When you manage a commercial property, keeping the roof in good shape is a major part of your regular maintenance tasks. The roof is what keeps you, your customers, your employees, and your product safe from the elements – so you can’t afford to neglect it. In order to keep your roof in the best shape possible, you need to partner with a good commercial roofing contractor in Duxbury, MA. South Shore Roofing is known for top of the line roofing services, and you can always count on our expert team for all of your commercial roofing needs.
Regular roofing inspections are important for evaluating the safety of your roof. Our team can spot problems with your roof before they become dangerous and expensive to repair. We can also keep on top of routine maintenance tasks to ensure your roof is in the best condition possible.
Whether your need a new roof coating, or minor repairs, you can count on the expert contractors at South Shore Roofing to get it done correctly the first time. We can work with you on a repair solution that fits your operating budget.
We also provide quick, expert repairs when your business faces unexpected storm damage. When you need solutions now, South Shore Roofing is there to tackle any roofing challenge.
When you need a roof replacement, you can count on our team. We can design a new roof that drains waters more efficiently, and lasts much longer than your existing roof. Keep your new replacement in top shape with our preventative maintenance options as well.
When you need a commercial roofing contractor in New England, choose South Shore Roofing. Contact us today for more information about our services.
Gutters are an important component of your roof. They collect rain water that drains off of your roof and carry it away from your home. The problem is that leaves and other debris can build up and clog your gutters and prevent water drainage. Keeping your gutters clean is an important part of roof maintenance.
Prevents Water Damage
When water can’t drain properly, it collects on your roof. This can lead to leaks, and wood rot – which may lead to a roof replacement. It can also cause mold and mildew that can be hazardous to your health.
Improper drainage can also severely damage the foundation of your house and cause water to leak into your basement.
Keeps Repair Costs Down
Keeping your gutters clean of debris can save you a lot of money on roof repair in Hanover, MA. It’s a relatively simple process, and the effort is worth it in the long run.
South Shore Roofing’s Maintenance Program
South Shore Roofing’s maintenance program can help you catch small roofing problems before they become a huge mess. Our services include cleaning your gutters and checking your ventilation so that you can ensure your roof health. Contact us today for more information.
Your roof is responsible for protecting you and your belongings from the elements, so it needs to be in good condition at all times. The problem is that repairing your roof can be expensive – especially if you need a replacement. Getting a regular roof inspection and preventative roof maintenance is a great way to catch small problems before they become costly disasters.
A full roof replacement may be the only option in the case of an emergency, but why pay for that when you could have caught the problem when it was still manageable? It may look like your roof is okay, but an inspection will catch all the tiny problems that you can’t see from the ground. This enables you to save money by paying for small repairs now and not having to go all out for a replacement.
Your roof is an important piece of your home. It protects you and everything inside your home, which can make it incredibly stressful when things go wrong. If left untreated, minor problems can even become dangerous. Give yourself some peace of mind and get a regularly scheduled roofing inspection to ensure that everything is fine.
When Should I Get a Roof Inspection?
You should have your roof inspected by a roofing contractor in Duxbury, MA once every three years to extend the life of your roof.
With South Shore Roofing’s inspection and maintenance program you will save yourself a big headache down the road. During your inspection, your gutters will be cleaned to ensure proper damage, which prevents water damage. We also verify that your roof is properly ventilated to keep heating and cooling costs down. Contact us today for more information about our roof maintenance and inspection services.