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Old 12-24-2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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I have a flat roof house and I live in Iowa. We just got 6" plus of snow and counting. And my downspouts are freezing over. Can someone tell me if it would be wise or unwise to go up there with a snow thrower and remove some snow from the roof? Thank you for any and all advice.

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Hello,

I have a flat roof house and I live in Iowa. We just got 6" plus of snow and counting. And my downspouts are freezing over. Can someone tell me if it would be wise or unwise to go up there with a snow thrower and remove some snow from the roof? Thank you for any and all advice.

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I'd put that heating cable in the gutters and downspouts. If you can get to it during some above freezing days, you will be set for the season.
Removing the snow will stop the runoff with no place to go.
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Hello,

I have a flat roof house and I live in Iowa. We just got 6" plus of snow and counting. And my downspouts are freezing over. Can someone tell me if it would be wise or unwise to go up there with a snow thrower and remove some snow from the roof? Thank you for any and all advice.

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In my area, 6" is nothing! However there are several factors to consider!
I have flat roofed, attached garage that has a laundry in one end. The ceiling joists/rafters span 15 feet and are made from 2X8" #1 grade white spruce.
I have had as much as 36" of snow on there, and all has been well for 30 years.
To make a proper judgement in your case, the size and the length of the rafters and what type of lumber has to be known.

If you are in doubt, it is a good idea to remove the snow.
I use an electric snow shovel for this purpose. A regular shovel is likely to gouge the roofing and then you will have a major problem when the snow melts.
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