It's been about a week since I posted last. Not much new here, really. It's been a bit sunny lately and slightly above freezing so those huge drifts of snow are very slowly melting. While that's great and all, it also means the slickest of sidewalks and roads. My daughter and I laid out fresh sand today while my son and husband braved the slippery slopes of the roof to remove the few feet of snow still blanketing it. It is imperitive to do so because ice damming in the eaves will prevent the runoff from melting snow going to the eavestroughs. There was a house fire just last week that was determined to have been caused by this very thing. Instead of the meltoff running down the eaves and the downspouts, the water ran down the inside walls of the house, shorting wires and causing a fire. An expensive lesson that we'd rather not learn.
So folks, here's a gentle reminder to shovel your roof if there is an accumulation there. Failure to do so could result in expensive and disasterous damages.