Roof failures possible under heavy snow

Klamath Falls, Ore. – If you live east of the Cascades, you may want to consider getting the snow off of your roof.

Several days of heavy snow have added up to extra stress on your roof.

Nabil Taha of Precision Structural Engineering recommends testing with a ruler or tape measure…

“For people who are unsure about the roof, then definitely start to remove when the snow, accumulated snow, reaches 12 inches – a foot.”

A long-handled ‘roof rake’ can help to reduce snow loads.

Workers at Oregon Tech were removing about a foot and a half of snow from buildings Tuesday morning.

Taha says your home may also be giving other warning signals…

“If the doors start to be jammed, and the window don’t close, that’s another sign that your roof is loaded heavily.”

So far, there have been now reports of any major failures locally.

One of the last major roof failures in Klamath Falls happened in 2008.

Heavy snow collapsed the roof over the central portion of the Balsiger Ford building – luckily, there were no injuries.

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