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Prevent Leaks By Cleaning Off Snowy Roofs

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - After more snow Monday night, there's already talk of rain later this week.

This leads to strain on roofs and ice getting into cracks, which causes leaks into houses.

"I've had to install heat tape to prevent that part of the roof from creating that dam effect," said Ric Benson, Mason Resident.

Benson's happy about today's warm-up, hoping it'll help him and his neighbors.

"You look around the neighborhood here and it's just thick ice along all the gutters," says Benson.

The Project Manager at Paul Davis Restoration says you can't wait for mother nature.

"If you're proactive in pulling the snow off the roof before the water gets in, you can prevent a lot of interior damage," said Jerry Rehm, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeing Project Manager.

Jerry Rehm says you have to check out your roof and clean it off, just as often as your driveway.

Rehm suggests a snow rake to remove the blanket of snow.

Once you've gotten all the snow off, there's not much you can do about the ice, except for using roof melt.

Rehm says a lot of his supplies are gone because so many people have already had leaky roofs, especially in older neighborhoods.

"There'll be a lot of roofs to be inspected come springtime," says Rehm.

In the meantime Benson hope winter eases up and the icicles on his house runoff, instead of leaking.

By Sari Soffer, 6 News Intern.

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