For those who don’t live in extremely snowy environments, here’s something you might not know: sometimes the snow piles up so high on a roof and becomes so heavy that it might actually need to be shoveled off to prevent ice dams or collapse.
There are safe ways to go about doing this and there are not so safe ways.
A man named Victor highlights some of the latter as he heads up a ladder to clear the roof of a cabin in Rogla, Slovenia.
“It’s a disaster waiting to happen,” the video description reads, “but luckily everything goes better than expected when he inevitably falls.”
Watch the footage for yourself:
A few tips after watching this video:
- Always (anytime you have a ladder) have someone at the base holding it. There won’t always be feet of snow there to cushion your fall.
- Perhaps starting to shovel the snow off at the lower portions of the roof and working your way up could prevent such a slide. Or, if it were to slide, you would be lower on the ladder.
- Hire a professional?
The Ice Dam Removal Guys have some handy tips about roof raking or shoveling to remove snow if you want more information about it.