Homeowners busy with snow shoveling, roof raking

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Robert Page of Springfield remembers the winter of 2011, when ice dams were a common problem and roof collapses became a frequent occurrence in western Massachusetts.

That year, roof rakes, used to clear ice and snow from atop your house, were difficult to find.

“I was literally up on the roof and I was shoveling off the snow. I was afraid about the roof caving in, and it showed signs of cracking sheet rock in the ceiling,” Page said.

Again equipped with a roof rake, Page was clearing the snow from the roof of his East Forest Park home Monday morning.

Page said the amount of snow on his roof, along with his neighbors rooftops, convinced him it was time to get out the roof rake, just to be on the safe side.